Postcards from Japan

Postcards from Japan

Friday, October 7, 2011 — Sunday, November 27, 2011

Shigenobu Yoshida (1958–), Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, Light Bird, 2011, Acrylic on acrylic board, 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 in. (14.8 x 21 cm).

Japan Society presents Postcards from Japan, a miniature exhibition of original postcard-size works of art created by 22 artists from northeastern Japan in response to the massive earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that struck on March 11.

“At a time when power and communication lines were down throughout the region, making it extremely difficult to contact family and friends, the Japanese postal service was a marvel of resilience,” says Joe Earle, Director of Japan Society Gallery. “In many cases, the first news that loved ones were safe was by postcard.”

Inspired by the impact of those postcards, curators Kate Thomson and Hironori Katagiri, two sculptors based in Iwate, Japan, and Edinburgh, Scotland, invited artists from the stricken region to make new postcard-sized works for this exhibition, which debuted in August at the Edinburgh Festival and continues on view at Japan Society through November 27 before returning to further venues in the UK.

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