This fall Stroom Den Haag presents the Repairing Earthquake Project, the magnum opus of the Hague-based artist Nishiko (Kagoshima, Japan, 1981). After the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami in March 2011, Nishiko visited the Tohoku district in Japan, searching for remaining objects and collecting eyewitness accounts that enable us to experience the aftermath of the disaster first hand. As part of the project she repairs and reconstructs the battered objects with great care and tenderness. Their scars are visual reminders of the historical events. "In my point of view, extreme care and dedication generate a potential for healing", Nishiko states. The repaired objects are further granted a second life, as the artist has them adopted by foster parents. The exhibition at Stroom will present the Repairing Earthquake Project for the first time in its entirety. The project not only enables us to experience a human tragedy first hand, it also bears witness to an ecological crisis.
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The fact that the sea level is rising dramatically due to man-made climate change gives the Repairing Earthquake Project even more urgency. An interdisciplinary lecture program with speakers from the Netherlands and abroad is part of this public program. We are looking forward to lectures by Peter Fend (USA) on November 28, 2018; Annechien Meier + Tieme Haddeman (NL) on December 12, 2018; Betsy Damon (USA) on January 9, 2019 and Maarten Vanden Eynde (BE) on January 23, 2019. The artist Nishiko will give guided tours of the exhibition on Sunday December 2, 2018 and Sunday January 13, 2019. Up-to-date information can be found on www.stroom.nl
The exhibition and lecture program have been compiled by guest curator Roel Arkesteijn (curator of contemporary art at Museum De Domijnen in Sittard.
The exhibition is made possible through generous support by Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Tokyo, Embassy of Japan in the Netherlands, Satellietgroep, Mondriaan Fund, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, and the City of The Hague. Special thanks to: Tofino Botanical Gardens and Torinoumi Dental Clinic.
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