about artist

Yukiyo Kawano, a third generation hibakusha (nuclear bomb survivor) grew up decades after the bombing of Hiroshima. Her work is personal, reflecting lasting attitudes towards the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Kawano’s main focus is her/our forgetfulness, her/our dialectics of memory, issues around cultural politics, and historical politics.

For the latest project, she used pieces of translucent kimono fabric and sewed together with strands of her hair (the artist’s DNA as a third generation hibaku-sha), for the possibility of looking inward, suggesting another/personal view to our official receptacle of memory.

During the school show in Vermont, Kawano performed in front of the object in desperation about the urgency of expressing fears about the devastation of our human bodies. The historical conjuncture, with the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the legacy of the nuclear era opened up a space for the performativity of her/our questioning of history, memory, witnessing, and disaster in the present moment.

Kawano is currently living in Portland, Oregon.

email address: yuki@yukiyokawano.com



2 thoughts on “About”

  1. Bo Jacobs just sent me the link to your work and WOW, so powerful and moving. I am currently finishing a book, After Hiroshima, that will come out in spring, 2013, with an essay by James Elkins. The work is cyanotypes made of A-bombed artifacts from the Hiroshima Peace Museum and photographic contact prints of rubbings of A-bombed surfaces in Hiroshima. You can see some it here:

    I would love to meet you some day and to see your work in person. Congratulations on the Joan Mitchell Prize and your recent MFA. I am a professor at UNC, Chapel Hill and some of my MFA students have won this prestigious prize – so proud! Best, elin


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