ZERO Project exhibition held in New York to appeal for a world without nuclear weapons through art

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

NEW YORK — On April 30, an exhibition organized by the “Hiroshima Nagasaki ZERO Project,” an initiative to send out messages of peace through art, opened at a gallery located near the United Nations headquarters in New York. Held on the sidelines of the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), which will continue at U.N. headquarters until May 10, the exhibition will run until May 12.

At an opening event for the exhibition, calligraphy and piano performances were given. Through the duration of the exhibition, paintings are on display and videos are being screened. Additionally, visitors have a chance to listen to the account of an A-bomb survivor who lives in the United States and talk with others in attendance to consider the issue of nuclear abolition. The screenings will include a video about A-bombed trees, which the junior writers for the Chugoku Shimbun were involved in producing when the ZERO Project held a workshop in Hiroshima last October.

Joining the opening event was Sueichi Kido, 79, the secretary general of the Japan Confederation of A-and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations (Nihon Hidankyo). He is visiting New York to attend the Preparatory Committee session.

The ZERO Project is organized by 1Future, a U.S. non-profit organization coheaded by Cannon Hersey, 42, an artist, and Taku Nishimae, 56, a film director. Mr. Hersey’s grandfather is the late John Hersey, who shared the tragic conditions of the atomic bombing with the world by writing the well-known reportage Hiroshima. The project is partly sponsored by the Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation. Mr. Nishimae said, “I hope visitors will learn more about nuclear weapons through our exhibition and be inspired to take action against them.”

(Originally published on May 2, 2019)