February 10th 2012 Japanese artist Chiuyky Itoga asked me, Ed Hanssen, to help her start up an artproject to encourage the peoples of Fukushima, who have suffered from nuclear pollution. Not just Fukushima but also Miyate and other prefecture as well.
Because of cultural differences the project asked for FIGURATIVE ARTS.
Chiyuky called for artists to make artwork(s) sized 15x15 cm. They had to be vinyl bagged!!
No limitation to material, as long as it wasn't not too thick. Digital arts, paint, drawing, stitching, photography,... you name it. BUT: it must be hand to hand, meaning sending it by post(also the digital art!!!!!!)
Chiyuky will display the received artworks and hoped to generate donations to give to the peoples of Fukushima.
Chiyuky was inspired not only by PROJECT WHAT'S IN A CELL, but also by this artwork :
It's by Makoto Wada, a famous illustrator in Japan. She was impressed by it, because of the real feeling of Fukushima mothers.
Click HERE to watch the video of the opening of 100 Artworks from the world for Fukushima at ROCK CAFE, Tokyo, Japan
Click HERE for the videomessage from Ed Hanssen.
Click HERE for the "performance 100 artworks from the world for Fukushima" video by Michaela Frank(GER). Monika Radhoff-Troll(GER) and Ed Hanssen(NL).
Click HERE to watch Chiyuky Itoga's You Tube channel with her own work AND the concert Ryuichi Sato gave at the ROCK CAFE, Tokyo, during the display of 100 Artworks from the world for Fukushima.
Click HERE to read Taro Aizu his gogyoshi 1-10 about MY HOMETOWN, FUKUSHIMA. Translated into dutch by Ed Hanssen.
You can also click HERE to read the gogyoshi on Taro Aizu's site. Please do click both sites!!!
Click HERE for ENJOY TOKYO about the first display of this project!
Click HERE for photos.
All photos are taken from the projects Facebookgroup.
The first display of artworks from the world will be held at The Rock Café, Tokyo, Japan in the month of june 2012.
The schedule of the exhibition is like this :
(1) 1st.June - 30th,June at the Rock Shokudo in Nishiogikubo, Tokyo /
(2) 21st. July - 18th. August at Minami Soma Library, Fukushima (Minamisoma City Hall, Two 27-chome, Honcho district, Fukushima Prefecture Minamisoma Haramachi
(3) After this it travels to "Kangaeru-Shirou kan" at Kawauchi-mura, Fukushima.
--- In the beginning we had no idea about the exhibition place in Fukushima at all. And now we have found ideal places for this project (Ryuichi Sato). I am glad to be part of this majestic artproject with meaning for the people of Fukushima.
Prefecture list considering the disaster damages:
Fukusima, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, Ibaraki, Chiba, Tochigi, Gunma, Hokkaido, Tokyo, Saitama, Akita, Yamagata, Niigata, Kanagawa, Nagano, Yamanasi, Toyama, Isikawa, Fukui, Mie, Shiga, Kyoto, Osaka, Hyogo, Nara, Wakayama, Tottori, Shimane, Okayama, Hiroshima, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Kagawa, Ehime, Kochi, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, Okinawa.
Here's what Chiyuky has to say about the project:
Welcome to join the project.
March 11, 2011, a big earthquake and Tsunami hit Japan as you know.
Miyagi, Iwate, Fukushima 3 provices were hugely damaged, espacialy by the tsunami.
Re-establishment has not done as our exspection, many escaped people live in tentative house, and are still not back to their house.
This project is for Fukushima resitents people, I think.
Somebodys have been ordered to escape from their house by government.
Somebodys have lived separated familiy, because to remove their children from radioactive pollution.
Somebodys have lived in Fukushima, but, actualy they want to leave there even though fear about radioactive pollution.
I have no word to tell them.
I live in Tokyo, maybe safer than Fukushima, maybe.
I'm just artist, impossible to stop radioactive, to donate big money, to clean up there.
I don't have no power.
I just do it, make them smile and heart warming by your art.
The world cares about them, I want to tell them.
It's purpose of the project.
So. I would like to ask you keep away political, sexual, ideological, image, and anti-nuclear appearant.
They are in a kind of nervous, because many information of many thinking people in Japan.
I want to encourage them.
The project is simple.
Please contact me by direct message of FB or e-mail to me
I will inform you about my post address.
You send me your artwork in about 15x15cm vinyl bag. I accept how many pieces you send, but please input vinyl bag per piece.
If you think donate for them, I will inform you my bank account or paypal invoice. it's not 'must', only artwork, it's OK.
The artworks will be gatered like as tapestry by me.
If artworks will be over 100, most welcome!
First, I'll hold an exhibition in Tokyo, and get donating.
Finally, I'lll find a place to display at Fukushima, bring to there by myself.
Anyway, I will inform the process in here.
Thank you for all,
Chiyuky Itoga