COMPASSIONATE GROUNDS: TEN YEARS ON IN TOHOKU – TAASA Review March 2021
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This article was originally found in the March 2021 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 30, Issue 1, Page 20).
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Emily Wakeling T Åhoku, an area devastated ten years ago by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, and subsequently transformed through reconstruction works, has been the subject of a growing number of Japanese artistsâ€™ video practices as a tangible expression of the ongoing, less-visible impacts the disaster and state-funded â€˜recoveryâ€™ projects have had on people and their communities.
Compassionate Grounds: Ten Years on in TÅhoku is a group exhibition of Japanese screen-based works held in Australia commemorating the 10th anniversary of the tsunami and consequent Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in northeastern Japan. Double-layered town / Making a song to replace our positions 2020, Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori, single-channel video.
Image courtesy the artists On 11 March 2021, 2:46pm, 31 coastal towns in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were shocked by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake and were then lost under a massive ocean surgeâ€” up to 40 metres high in areasâ€”with buildings, cars and people swept out to sea...