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RESPECT FOR THE VICTIMS

HIROKAZU SENSHOU

October 16 - 30, 2014
Opening Reception: Thursday, October 16, 6-8 PM

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Artist Statement

 

Many lives were sacrificed on September 11 and March 11.  On top of that, fear is rising for those facing the issues involving the nuclear power plants. 

 

In Syria and other Arab countries with ethnic disputes, the people are inches away from coming face to face with death.  I have created these works for those whose lives were sacrificed. 

 

The terrorist attacks of September 11, the earthquake that hit eastern Japan on March 11 (with a magnitude of 9.0), the Unit 1 reactor failure at Fukushima nuclear power plant (hydrogen explosion and meltdown) showing us the shortcomings of our technologies in science.  The devastating destruction of cities like Kisennuma, or Ishinomaki, all represent the disasters of a civilization.

 

There are civil wars, religious wars, ethnic disputes, going on all over the world, (Iraq, Syria, the civil war in Egypt, the religious wars in Afghanistan, ethnic disputes in China, young soldiers handed guns to kill in countries all over Africa like the Central African Republic, Congo, and Sudan).  We are living in a time when “death” can take our lives at anytime.

 

 “Death” will take our lives when we least expect it.

 

The world today is headed towards chaos, fear, and confusion. 

 

Some of the reasons for this are the decrease in the presence of America as a world power, the birth of the European Dollar, China and Russia’s rise in hegemony and other multi polar structural changes.  Perhaps an overall difference in values may be the cause of us heading in the wrong direction.

 

The works in this exhibition are a tribute to those who had unexpectedly lost their lives amidst this chaos, and also the artists’ feelings of hatred towards those responsible.