Contemporary art exhibition on Hiroshima at a special venue on the 2nd floor of Sogo Hiroshima Main Bldg

Hiroshima-born artist Souya Handa and three young artists will hold a contemporary art "Take it Home, for(__)Shall Not epeat the Error." exhibition exploring the atomic bombing and peace, along with the G7 Hiroshima Summit. adf-web-magazine-take-it-home-for-shall-not-repeat-the-error-1

The four participating artists are Souya Handa, the organizer, Sixte Kakinda, a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the uranium for the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima was mined, Kei Ito, whose grandfather is an atomic bomb survivor and a first-generation immigrant to the United States, and Layla Yamamoto, who is examining postwar Japan-United States relations from a nuclear energy perspective.

Souya Handa Projects × TAMENTAI

Shall Not Repeat the Error," a group exhibition featuring works by Four contemporary artists: Sixte Kakinda, Kei Ito, Layla Yamamoto, and Souya Handa. The aim of this exhibition is to connect historical points related to the atomic bomb and to build a linear narrative history from the uranium mine used for the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima to the nuclear weapons tests after WW2, and Fukushima. The exhibition's title, "Take it Home, for (__) Shall Not Repeat the Error," is derived from the epitaph of the Cenotaph for the Victims of the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima. The formal translated epitaph reads, "Let all the souls here rest in peace; for we shall not repeat the evil." Although the subject is omitted from the original Japanese text, it can be interpreted as "we," referring not only to the people in Hiroshima or Japan but to all of humankind. People from all over the world visit Hiroshima to learn about the events that occurred and take home what they see and hear to build a peaceful future and not repeat the error. This is the prayer of Hiroshima.

Sixte Kakinda

The first African artist to obtain an MFA degree from Tokyo University of the Arts and a PhD from he same university in 2023, will showcase his project that focuses on the relationship between Congo and Hiroshima. Congo, the country that has the uranium mine and the atomic bomb dropped at Hiroshima made of the uranium that came from the Belgian Congo. His project not only showcases the invisible link between Congo and Hiroshima, but also bridges disconnected histories with the artist's body.


Image From Sixte Kakinda's Intimate Moments / Monologue (2019)

Souya Handa

A Japanese artist who grew up in Hiroshima, has made it his mission to preserve and pass down Hiroshima's history. In his new work, Handa challenges himself to use smell as a metaphor for the residual radiation left after the explosion, which remains on visitors' bodies and clothes. In this exhibition, he focuses on the time that has passed since the atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima and the significance of visiting the city.


Souya Handa's New Works Image

Kei Ito

A Japan-born visual artist based in the East Coast area of the U.S. He works on visualizing the invisible, such as radiation, memory, and life / death. As a grandchild of a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and a first-generation U.S. immigrant, Ito deals with the downwinders, the victims exposed to nuclear fallout from nuclear weapons testing, including the American workers for the first tests unaware of the deadly and invisible threat of radiation.


Kei Ito Eye Who Witnessed (2020 - 2021)


Riddle of Peace / War (2022)

Layla Yamamoto

A Japanese artist educated in the United States, focuses on social and political power. Her previous series, "After the Quake," critically examined the post - war Japan - United States relations, which began with the atomic bombings and continued through the nuclear plant trade that conducted the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Her works with a phrase, "Postwar is over," do not only call on Japanese people to reconsider the postwar political structure but also serve as a reminder that Hiroshima's postwar cannot be over until all atomic bombs are eliminated from the world.


Layla Yamamoto therefore I want it (Postwar is over) (2019)

"Take it Home, for (__) Shall Not Repeat the Error."

DayMay 16 - 22, 2023
Time10:00 ~ 19:30
PlaceSogo Hiroshima Main Building 2F (Special Event Space)