Eiko Otake dances with the Hiroshima Panels
A note from Eiko Otake:
On Nov 13th, I will dance with the Hiroshima Panels by Iri and Toshi Maruki at Pioneer Works (Brooklyn). Created by the man-and-wife artist team, these legendary, large-scale panels depict the inferno of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, one of the most massive acts of violence in human history. When Kathleen Sullivan and Robert Croonquist of Hibakusha Stories invited me to perform at the exhibition’s opening, I was afraid. These works are imposing and graphic. But I have long respected the Marukis’ singular collaboration. Visiting the Maruki Gallery in rural Japan was a profoundly moving experience. I decided not to run away from such a challenge so that I would not regret it. I was again surprised when Pioneer Works’ director Gabriel Florenz asked me to also exhibit photographs from A Body in Fukushima in an adjacent gallery concurrently to the Hiroshima Panel show. My collaborator for the project, photographer William Johnston, and I are deeply humbled to share our work next to the Marukis’ astonishing paintings.
On Nov. 13th at 7:30 pm, I will attempt to connect, through my performance, the two separate exhibitions on view, both of which deal with the perils caused by nuclear technology and radiation.
Pioneer Works is located at 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, NY.
I hope you will come to or imagine seeing me at the above performances.
[Photo: "Fire" (one of the Hiroshima Panels) by Iri and Toshi Maruki.]
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