Artworks from Hiroshima to be displayed in Prague

by Aya Nishimura, Staff Writer

Several artists who are involved in Hiroshima Art Document, an annual art exhibition organized in the A-bombed city of Hiroshima, will be invited to TINA B.--The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, to be held from September 25 to October 15 in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

Nine individual artists and two groups, a majority of whom reside in Hiroshima Prefecture, will exhibit their works in three different locations in Prague. The works will address such themes as destruction and rebirth and the concept of Japanese beauty.

Koso Haranaka, a resident of Hiroshima City, will express his indignation at the dropping of the atomic bomb through video footage. Akinori Sako, also a Hiroshima City resident, will exhibit photos inspired by the Itsukushima Shrine on Miyajima Island. Also, video work by an architect in Higashi Hiroshima City will be exhibited, in recognition that Hiroshima’s A-Bomb Dome was designed by a Czech architect, Jan Letzel.

Hiroshima Art Document, organized by a citizens’ group, was launched in 1994 to exhibit artworks on various themes such as peace, politics and life, using one of the bombed buildings in downtown Hiroshima as its venue. The Prague Contemporary Art Festival was started three years ago under the auspices of the Czech government. A Czech artist who participated in Hiroshima Art Document last year played a key role in promoting interactions between the two countries in the field of contemporary art.

Yukiko Ito, representing Hiroshima Art Document, commented that she is delighted at the opportunity to exhibit Japanese contemporary artworks in the Czech Republic, which has a wonderful culture and a long history. She believes the Festival will provide a good opportunity for artworks from Hiroshima to become more widely known in the world.

(Originally published on September 17, 2008)