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.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Today Is International Women's Day!

Happy Women's Day!
In celebration of our diversity
and recognition
of our individual beauty, creativity, strength, compassion and fairness!

International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8 worldwide. The history of this celebration can be found here.

International Women's Day (IWD) is linked to the history of the movement of women workers. The first celebration was in 1907, coinciding with the march of women textile workers in New York. Starting from 1912 IWD commemorates the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City responsible for the death of 140 immigrant women workers, mostly Italian and Jewish. This tragedy motivated labor legislation to ensure better safety in workplace.