Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016
02:00 PM – 03:30 PM
Study #2, A Multiple Monument for Daigo Fukuryûmaru (Lucky Dragon 5) from the series Exposed in a Hundred Suns, Arai Takashi (Japanese, born in 1978), 2014, Daguerreotype, Courtesy of the artist ©Takashi Arai/Courtesy Photo Gallery International
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About the Artist
Takashi Arai does not see daguerreotype as a nostalgic reproduction of a classical method; instead, he has made it his own personal medium, finding it a reliable device for storing memory that is far better for recording and transmitting interactions with his subjects than modern photography. Beginning in 2010, when he first became interested in nuclear issues, Arai has used the daguerreotype technique to create individual records—micro-monuments—of his encounters with surviving crew members, and the salvaged hull, of the fallout-contaminated Daigo Fukuryūmaru fishing boat, which was devastated by American nuclear testing in the Bikini Atoll. This project led him to photograph the deeply interconnected subjects of Fukushima, Hiroshima, and Nagasaki. Arai’s work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mori Art Museum, the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, among other international venues. His works are held in the collections of the SFMOMA, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and Musée Guimet, among others.
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