Friday, 11 March 2016

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION INCLUDES THE WISH TREE BY YOKO ONO

Five years after a tsunami and earthquake devastated the northeast coast of Japan, the Japan Society in New York opens the memorial exhibition, In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11 (11 March-12 June 2016).

The natural disaster took around 18,000 lives, left 400,000 people displaced, and crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant, causing it to leak radioactive water. This month, Japanese authorities disclosed that the power plant is still leaking contaminants.
The Japan Society show features work by 17 artists and photographers. 

The exhibition also includes the Tokyo-born artist Yoko Ono’s on-going interactive installation Wish Tree (1996 to present). The work invites visitors to tie their written wishes on the branches of an apple tree, which the artist says symbolises hope. When the show closes, the wishes will be buried at the base of Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower on Videy Island in Iceland.

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