One Thousand Questions/千の問—From Hiroshima to Hanford is the first joint exhibition between female Japanese artist Etsuko Ichikawa (etsukoichikawa.com) and Yukiyo Kawano. The focal point of this show involves the artists questioning and considering the legacy of the nuclear era, including Fukushima and Hanford. The two artists are seeking to open themselves in understanding an alignment of their artistic practice with the historical and political circumstance in which the two are situated.
In this participatory & interactive exhibition, the artists are reusing floating lanterns from Lantern Ceremony on Green Lake, Seattle, Washington (the annual August 6th event—the day that the first a-bomb dropped on human beings— commemorating Hiroshima and Nagasaki). These lanterns will be placed under a life-size soft sculpture of Little Boy—the atomic bomb. Some of the lanterns and the gallery wall will be inscribed with gathered questions that arise from Hanford, Hiroshima and the interminable life stories birthed from these pieces of history.
During the exhibition the artists are continue asking and inviting viewers to contribute questions either by posting it on this blog or emailing them to Etsuko and Yukiyo. The questions can be prompted by nuclear related topics or broader.
Gathered questions will be incorporated in the exhibit, for example, some of them could be written onto the lanterns on display or the gallery wall, or they could be listed online. Questioner’s names won’t be shown with each questions, but are going to be acknowledged as supporters.