My solo show "Regeneration: Listen to the Voice of the Dawn" was held at the Azabujuban Gallery in Tokyo, Japan from October 17th to October 29th, 2012. In this show, I exhibited early work on the theme of keys and recent work connected to the September 11th attacks and the March 11th earthquake in Japan. I went to the gallery every day and talked with as many people as possible. Therefore, a number of challenges were born in this exhibition by interacting with various people.
My hometown, Yaita City, became the first candidate to be the final disposal site for high-level radioactive waste in September. For the duration of my stay in Japan, I was busy with my show and protests against nuclear power plants and waste treatment facilities. The landscape of my hometown had not changed since I visited Japan two years ago. However, Yaita city has had high radioactivity levels of 0.1 µSv/h. I realized it was very difficult to avoid radiation in daily life. The horror of the situation is that we get used to the radiation exposure and potential radiation dangers in everyday life.
To make visible, the invisible radiation, we need to train our imagination. My most important concern is how to incorporate nuclear issues into my artwork in order to gaze at the nature of the world’s problems.
Japanese art critic, Yasushi Kurabayashi wrote about my work in "Art and the earthquake disaster" in this December’s "Bio City" magazine No. 53.