“All I want to do is forget, but the prominent keloid scar on my neck is a daily reminder of the atomic bomb.”
2km from the epicenter of A-bomb explosion 8:15 a.m. August 6, Hiroshima. The moment when physical bodies became more than a human body. The body became a carrier of scars. Not just a physical scar that can be healed in time, but an incorporeal scar burdening more and more day by day. Even after 80 years since the war it still lingers, but it is, quite often, forgotten.
We are visualizing what has been disregarded. We are revealing the topography of the scars. The topological map we normally see changes as the city develops, flattening what was before and transforming the cityscape. Unlike the earth and civilization, the topography of scars only gets deeper. We are curating an exhibition <Hibakusha: Reconstructing Bodies> By carefully transferring selected photos of atomic bomb wounds into digital data, We were able to create a topographical map of survivors’ scars. The exhibition aims for the conservation and acknowledgement, of the agony and memory Hibakusha around the world had to carry with them, as an act to empathize and share the burden together.
HIBAKUSHA: RECONSTRUCTING BODIES
San Yoon + Tetsuo Kobayashi