Friday, October 4, 2013
Carnegie Mellon University Center, Connan Room
4:30 pm – Reception & Book Signing
5:00pm – Lecture/Discussion
Partnering with Carnegie Mellon University’s Weeks of Peace Program and sponsored by the University Lecture Series and Student Affairs, Remembering Hiroshima, Imaging Peace presents a lecture and book signing by Elin O’Hara Slavick.
Slavick is a distinguished professor of Visual Art, Theory, and Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has exhibited her work throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia, Australia, Cuba, and the United States. She is the author of Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography (Charta, 2007), with a foreword by Howard Zinn and an essay by Carol Mavor; and After Hiroshima (Daylight Books, 2013), with an essay by James Elkins.
Slavick’s exhibition Hiroshima: After Aftermath was exhibited at the former Bank of Japan (which had been bombed) in Hiroshima in 2011. She grew up in Maine in an activist family, marching against war, organizing against nuclear power, and standing in Portland’s main square every August 6 to remember Hiroshima.
After Hiroshima has been described by Kyo Maclear as “One of the most beautiful and politically truthful books I have encountered in recent years.” The photographic images of Hiroshima are attempts to visually, poetically, and historically address the magnitude of what disappeared as a result of and what remains after the dropping of the A-bomb in 1945. They are images of loss and survival, fragments and lives, architecture and skin, surfaces and invisible things, like radiation. Exposure is at the core of this photographic project: exposure to radiation, to the sun, to light, to history, and exposures made from radiation, the sun, light and historical artifacts from the Peace Memorial Museum’s collection. After Hiroshima engages ethical seeing, visually registers warfare, and addresses the irreconcilable paradox of making visible the most barbaric as witness, artist, and viewer.
Learn more about Ms. Slavick’s book After Hiroshima and her artwork on her web site.