Exhibition Opening performance: 03 Mar 2012, 7 pm
Anniversary memorial performance: 11 Mar 2012, 2 pm
Sennen Garo Cafe, Nishi Ikebukuro 4-8-20, Tokyo, Japan
From Sue Hajdu:
A cabbage farmer in Fukushima decided to take his own life in the aftermath of March 11. (See links here: the farmer’s story, 朝日新聞の記事). FUKUSHIMA CABBAGE is a relational art project in which the artist will prepare and serve three dishes made of cabbage grown in Fukushima Prefecture, the site of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear explosion in the days after the earthquake and tsunami of March 11 2011. Members of the audience are able to participate in this project by buying the dishes at 311 yen each.
The work acts as a memorial, a philosophical exploration of the borderline between the collective and the individual, and contemporary debates on agriculture, food and nuclear power. The work was inspired by the true story of a cabbage farmer’s suicide, and the ongoing problems that surround the Fukushima farming community and Japanese consumers in the wake of the nuclear disaster.
This performance is a part of the anti-nuclear power exhibition: “March 11 Sayonara Power Plants Towards a Nuclear Free Planet”.
The artist will be serving 3 select dishes:
CABBAGE AND GREEN PEA CURRY Y 311
HUNGARIAN CABBAGE & PORK STEW Y 311
HOI-AN STYLE CABBAGE PARCELS SOUP Y 311