Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Performance | Eiko 's "Remembering Fukushima" at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

Yesterday the Cathedral of St. John the Divine hosted an important performance by Eiko Otake, on the eighth anniversary of the nuclear meltdown of the Japanese Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant in Ōkuma, Fukushima Prefecture. The disaster was caused primarily by the tsunami following the Tōhoku earthquake on 11 March 2011 and still carries tragic consequences.  The program included live performative actions by Eiko in the Cathedral site and photographic as well as video and photo recordings of the performer in several places in the surroundings of the disaster, documenting the artist's work in the years following the disasters. In this years-long Eiko's work art is a means to expose the gravity of this nuclear disaster and lack of responsiveness from corporations and governments.