On March 11, 2011, Japan was rocked by a massive earthquake that caused extensive damage to the Great Eastern region. The ensuing tsunami swallowed up coastal towns, and caused irrevocable damage to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
In the 10th anniversary year of the Great East Japan Earthquake, or 3.11, A Future for Memory addresses how we deal with memory when our physical surroundings are drastically altered. It focuses on the changing physical and psychological landscapes in the aftermath of 3.11 and shows that regional disasters have global relevance. Events such as 3.11 force us to rethink our ways of life in relation to nature. Even in the midst of disasters, people have the desire to create and to express themselves—as does nature.
The works in the exhibition trigger memories, emotions and imagination. They serve as more than objects of memory; they remind us of the force of nature and the continuous efforts of survivors to rebuild their lives. There is a future for memory through the creation of connections that will be passed on for generations to come.
Featuring works by:
- Masao Okabe
- Chihiro Minato
- Atsunobu Katagiri
- Rias Ark Museum of Art
- The center for remembering 3.11
- Lost & Found Project
- “Lost Homes” Scale Model Restoration Project
- Tsunami Ladies film project team (Producers: Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch, Victor Orellana Acuña)
Curator: Fuyubi Nakamura
- Lost & Found Project
キュレーター : 中村冬日
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Exhibition opening day ceremonies of A Future For Memory
To honour and celebrate the occasion, visitors heard remarks from Debra Sparrow, acclaimed Musqueam knowledge keeper and artist; Anthony Shelton, MOA Director; Yuko Shimizu, Executive Director of the Japan Foundation, Toronto; Hatori Takashi, Consul General of Japan in Vancouver; and Fuyubi Nakamura, exhibition curator.
Curator Tour of A Future For Memory (in Japanese with English subtitles)
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, MOA Curator Fuyubi Nakamura gave an online tour of A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2021, to reflect on the event and learn from the recovery process.
Conversation with Masao Okabe and Chihiro Minato (in Japanese with English subtitles)
A virtual conversation with Masao Okabe and Chihiro Minato—featured artists in A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake, facilitated by exhibition curator Fuyubi Nakamura. The artists discuss their artistic practices and involvement in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, and provide background for their works on view in A Future for Memory. Both artists have collaborated on many projects including, Is There a Future for Our Past?: The Dark Face of the Light, which represented Japan at the 52nd Venice Biennale International Art Exhibition in 2007.
Conversation with Dr. Kazuki Isomura and Saki Kojo (in Japanese with English subtitles)
A virtual conversation with Dr. Kazuki Isomura and Saki Kojo, members of the Lost Homes Scale Model Restoration Project, featured in A Future for Memory: Art and Life After the Great East Japan Earthquake, facilitated by MOA Curator, Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura. Isomura and Kojo discuss their involvement in the Lost Homes Scale Model Restoration Project, which aims to represent the towns and villages that were greatly impacted by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
Conversation with Atsunobu Katagiri (in Japanese, with English subtitles)
A virtual conversation with Atsunobu Katagiri, a featured artist/ikebana master in A Future for Memory and Fumihiko Futakami, Curator of the Minamisōma City Museum, facilitated by MOA Curator Fuyubi Nakamura.
Conversation with Hiroyasu Yamauchi (in Japanese, with English subtitles)
A virtual conversation with Hiroyasu Yamauchi, long-time curator and recently appointed director of the Rias Ark Museum of Art in Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, facilitated by MOA Curator Fuyubi Nakamura.
Conversation with Yuichi Shindo and Munemasa Takahashi (in Japanese, with English subtitles)
A virtual conversation with Yuichi Shindo and Munemasa Takahashi of the Lost & Found Project and the Omoide (Memory) Salvage Project, facilitated by MOA Curator Fuyubi Nakamura.
Conversation with Kenji Kai.『記憶のための未来』展: 甲斐賢治対談 (in Japanese, with English subtitles)
A virtual conversation with Kenji Kai, Artistic Director at Sendai Mediatheque and manager of the “center for remembering 3.11” at Mediatheque, facilitated by MOA Curator Fuyubi Nakamura.