Nishiko: Repairing Earthquake Project
Minister Yoshiko Ina Kijima of the Embassy of Japan in The Hague (vice ambassador)
Public program accompanying the exhibition, including the lecture series Rising Waters.
In 2018 two new components form the culmination of the project. The completion is urged on by the pressure of time. The artist noted that in Japan, the reconstruction of tsunami-struck areas takes place at such a fast pace that it becomes increasingly difficult to find traces of the disaster outside the confined, highly radio-active areas. Earlier this year, Nishiko moved into a temporary studio in the coastal district of Tofino, Canada, to collect remnants that still wash ashore at the other side of the Pacific Ocean, seven years after the tsunami. More recently, the artist returned to the afflicted area in Japan. Many years after the event, survivors of the disaster still try to get compensation for the personal belongings they have lost. They consider these objects an integral part of their life and are still trying to get these objects returned to them. In response to these reports, Nishiko decided to render the objects which the survivors miss most as drawings, and to donate them subsequently.