福島第一原発事故の影響で苦しむ方々に寄り添って • in solidarity with all those suffering as a result of the nuclear catastrophe at Fukushima Daiichi
The Red Kimono photographic portrait series was conceived as a response to the nuclear catastrophe unleashed at Fukushima Daiichi in Japan, ongoing since March 2011.
Radiation does not recognise national boundaries. Radioactive particles from Fukushima have been continually dispersed around the globe, in varying degrees, by the winds and ocean currents and by the rain and snow formed from the ocean waters.
The work is intended as a gesture of solidarity with all those suffering as a result of this ongoing, multi-faceted catastrophe. It is also an attempt to help to raise awareness, and to elicit questions, via the use of provocative, attention-grabbing imagery and a selection of statements, memoirs and letters by evacuees from Fukushima and people who still live there*.
Those who participate as models are all artists and/or activists of some kind, both male and female, diverse in age, nationality and racial heritage. Each participant is painted with geisha-style makeup and dressed in the same vintage red kimono before being photographed.
The diversity of the participants is intended to reflect the fact that everyone on the planet, regardless of race, nationality, culture, age and gender has been affected in some way and to some degree by this catastrophe. This could be the physical consequences of breathing, drinking or eating one or more of the radioactive particles from the destroyed reactors. And/or it could be some degree of psychological, emotional, social, political and economic consequence.
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* These texts are available as booklets for visitors to take away, free of charge, from the Conway Hall entrance on Red Lion Square.