2015 - Ongoing
Media: Chromogenic color print, burnt wood panel, audio
After surviving the bombing in Hiroshima, my grandfather dedicated his life fighting against the use of nuclear weaponry until he passed away from cancer. He wrote more than 10 books and around 100 magazine articles regarding Hiroshima that left his legacy within these pages.
The book begins with a short story about the death of his younger sister Kikuko, who he later explains to be the core reason of why he became an activist. Kikuko was a twelve-year-old schoolgirl working near ground zero when the A-bomb exploded. Her body was never found, even after intensive searching from Takeshi and his brother. Not knowing what happened to his sister is what inspired my grandfather to become an activist against the use of nuclear weapons. The interesting thing about this short essay is that Takeshi writes the story in the first-person view of his sister, who is explaining what had happening at the moment of the explosion and after her death. There are interesting layers created in the recreation of my grandfather’s voice, who is in turn recreating the voice of his own sister.
The audio was overlay with my breathing, which corresponds to the blinking lightbulb that hangs in front of the scroll. The scroll ascends vertically at where the A-bomb was exploded on the topological map of Hiroshima which is blowtorched on a wooden platform.