Compassionate Grounds: Ten Years on in Tōhoku

An exhibition of contemporary Japanese art observing 10 years on from the Great East Japan Earthquake, tsunami and ongoing nuclear crisis. Japanese artists Lieko Shiga, Motoyuki Shitamichi, Masaharu Hasunuma, Kyun-chome, Masaharu Satō, Natsumi Satō and Haruka Komori, along with Japanese-Australian artists Chaco Katō and Mayu Kanamori, address and record the physical and social impacts of major loss on what could be described as ‘compassionate grounds’. This term is commonly heard in pandemic times when discussing exceptions for those suffering, but in this case is an artistic reference to the fraught relationship many disaster survivors have with their lost or unrecognisable lands and homes. Compassionate Grounds is an exhibition at Composite, Collingwood Arts Precinct, Melbourne from March to September 2021 and Metro Arts, Brisbane in August 2021.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, plus support from Bus Projects and Metro Arts. The project is held on unceded land; the curator acknowledges the Traditional Owners and extends respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

COMPOSITE, NAARM / MELBOURNE

Stage 1
7–29 May 2021
Motoyuki Shitamichi
Masaharu Sato
Masahiro Hasunuma

Stage 2
5 November – 18 December 2021
Lieko Shiga
Kyun-chome
Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori

Stage 3
TBC 2022
Chaco Kato

Poem by Mayu Kanamori

METRO ARTS, MEANJIN / BRISBANE

31 July – 21 August 2021
Masahiro Hasunuma
Kyun-chome
Masaharu Sato
Natsumi Seo & Haruka Komori
Lieko Shiga
Motoyuki Shitamichi

Poem by Mayu Kanamori

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