March 15 - 18 2016
University Art Gallery, Frick Fine Arts Building, University of Pittsburgh
Exhibition of works by Japanese anti-war photographer Takashi Morizumi, marking the 5th anniversary of the Fukushima disaster.
"Through these photographs, I want to share the terror of radiation--the pain that does not have a sound or smell. It is invisible. It does not itch or have flavor. The radioactive material that I could not take in through my five senses has flowed into the world, far from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.
Just after the accident, I spoke with Japanese musician Ryuichi Sakamoto, a resident of New York. I told him this was a time when music and imagination were necessary. Five years have passed since the accident, and the radioactive material in these photographs continues to undermine our health. To that end, strange beauty is necessary. Anyone may imagine a strange object shining in a nebula or the deep sea that has never been seen by the naked eye.
In these photographs I hope to convey a strong visual impact, to share the strange beauty that reveals the hidden threat of radiation." ---Takashi Morizumi