In 2008 Tokyo artist collective Chim↑Pom were pretty much run out of town when, in preparation for a solo exhibition at HMOCA, they hired a skywriting plane to draw the characters for “Pika” – the word used to describe the blinding flash of the A-bomb – in the sky above the Hiroshima. Group member Ryuta Ushiro made a public apology for “the lack of advance warning” before representatives of atomic bomb victim organizations and the planned exhibition was canceled.< 5 years later, they are back.
Chim↑Pom see the exhibition continuing to evolve in the future – they hope to take it to the US – and view “Hiroshima!!!!!” in Hiroshima as a “turning point” in its development rather than as its final manifestation.
“Hiroshima!!!!!” is showing at the Former Bank of Japanbulding December 8-17, 2013. There is an opening reception 18:00-19:00 on December 6. Admission is free.
Chim↑Pom promise, “This is going to be an exhibition no one has ever seen anywhere else” so why not check it out?
Read more about Chim↑Pom
- Chim↑Pom “Hiroshima!!!!!” (English Page)
- Chim↑Pom Website
- Art guerrillas Chim Pom stage show in a box (CNN Travel)
- “Art Cannot Be Powerless” – An interview with Ryuta Ushiro (PBS)
- Chim↑Pom Instagram