It was eerie to be at an opening for an exhibition depicting the destruction of Hiroshima while the attacks on Paris were being carried out. So much turmoil in our world today…there are no words for it all.
The art – large scale murals by Iri and Toshi Maruki – were produced by the couple over a span of thirty-two years. They both arrived in Hiroshima City just days after the bombing in hopes to assist any surviving family members. They saw firsthand the atomic aftermath and combined their artistic talents to depict what they saw in graphic, impressionistic detail.
The setting…an old warehouse (Pioneer Works) in Red Hook, Brooklyn was perfect to accommodate the massive panels that would mark the first time the works had appeared in New York in 45 years. The setting also provided ample floor space for renowned choreographer/dancer Eiko Otake to perform. Her solo performance (she’s often with her husband) was to pay homage to the deceased artists and their creation of the panels.
I had seen Eiko and her husband Koma perform before…and of course was intrigued to once again experience her artistic expression. She didn’t disappoint as she danced with the panels in what is often described as “a unique theater of movement ( created) out of stillness, shape, light, sound and time.”
May we continue to keep Paris in our thoughts and prayers and hope that peace will prevail throughout our world.