Hiroshima: After Aftermath
It has been over 60 years since the atomic bomb was dropped, but the A-bomb is everywhere in Hiroshima. The history of the atomic age is intertwined with that of photography. Hiroshima: After Aftermath develops the relationship between radiation and the visual language of photography, exposing lingering effects and loss. There are 50 cyanotypes (sun prints) of A-Bombed artifacts – indigo blue fields with erased white forms: hair comb; canteen; melted bottle and eucalyptus bark. There are 20 black and white photographic contact prints of rubbings made on paper of A-Bombed surfaces – trees, floors, a bridge, bricks. There is one autoradiograph: a photographic contact print of x-ray film exposed by the lingering radiation in a fragment of an A-Bombed tree stump.
John Berger will write an essay fort he forthcoming book on Daylight (spring, 2013). Hiroshima: After Aftermath is an attempt to reshape how we think about nuclear war and the aftermath. Trying to record the gruesome effects of war and to expose the indiscriminate cruelty of aerial bombardment have been major concerns of slavick's as a visual artist for the past 10 years. Her first book, Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography (Charta Books, Milan, Italy, 2007) is of a series of drawings of places the U.S. has bombed. Like Bomb After Bomb, Hiroshima: After Aftermath visually registers warfare and faces the irreconcilable paradox of making visible the most barbaric as witness, artist, and viewer. As a hibakusha (A-bomb survivor) said in Hiroshima, “There are now over 30,000 nuclear weapons in this world. Hiroshima and Nagasaki are not past events. They are about today's situation.”
Kinsey Institute, Bloomington, IN, United States
Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC, United States
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC, United States
Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, United States
elin o’Hara slavick is a Distinguished Professor of Art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she teaches studio art, theory and practice. She received her MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Slavick has exhibited her work in Hong Kong, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Scotland, England, Cuba, Japan, the Netherlands, Australia, Brazil and across the United States. She is the author of Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography, (Charta, 2007), with a foreword by Howard Zinn. Her forthcoming book, Hiroshima: After Aftermath, (Daylight, 2013), will include an essay by John Berger. She is also a curator, critic and activist. She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina with her epidemiologist husband and two children.
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