Fiction or Reality: Thinking Fukushima through Art
Seminar | May 3 | 2:30-4 p.m. | 226 Dwinelle Hall
Saeko Kimura, Professor, Tsuda University
Miryam Sas, Professor, UC Berkeley
While we share the sense that fiction and plastic arts reflect a different relationship to reality than that of documentary or journalistic writing, writing on Fukushima often encounters a difficulty in distinguishing between the fictional and the real. How have recent Japanese artists and writers after 3-11 broached and responded to this difficulty in dividing the real from the imaginary? Is such a distinction possible? To consider this question, we will read Tawada Yokos The Emissary (which received the National Book Award for translation in 2018) in relation to the required removal of Yanobe Kenjis controversial sculpture Sun Childfrom Fukushima (in September 2018, just a month and a half after its installation).