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Global Hibakusha Portraits
June 7 - June 12Free
Global Hibakusha Portraits is an exhibition of photographs taken by Australian academic and artist, Prof. Mick Broderick (Murdoch University), as part of his ongoing research with Prof. Bo Jacobs (Hiroshima Peace Institute) concerning the impact of atmospheric nuclear testing around the world. Since 2002 Broderick has been interviewing hibakusha, including indigenous communities and military veterans and their families. Working with Prof. Jacobs from 2007 – with support from Murdoch University, Hiroshima City University, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Australia Council for the Arts – “The Global Hibakusha Project” has studied the effects of cold war nuclear weapons tests by colonial powers (e.g. USA, USSR, Britain, France, China) on people under their direct governance and control.
The researchers have met with many survivors of radiation exposure and their 2nd and 3rd generation descendants, to help them record, preserve and share their stories of contamination and resistance, in solidarity with fellow hibakusha communities world-wide. The exhibition is designed to remind us that other individuals and communities – often indigenous peoples living in remote areas – have been exposed to radiation from nuclear weapons explosions and that they are eager to learn from other hibakusha to help them understand their particular situation and history in the broader context of international nuclear weapons development, deployment and use.
Opening hours: 10:00-19:00 (until 16:00 on June 12)