After the earthquake, tsunami and the subsequent nuclear power plant accident in Fukushima, the Japanese artist Leiko Ikemura the question of the importance of art in such a moment. The KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin break from given occasion, the exhibition series KW69 and provide the space for an interdisciplinary discourse available.
Leiko Ikemura invites artists to respond to the disaster in Japan and the conflict between nature, progress, economics and human to examine. The exhibition presents works that reflect the current situation in Fukushima and northern Japan and to question our attitude to the earth and the cycle of creation and destruction.
The exhibition is the first in a series of interdisciplinary theme parties and discussions with architects in different locations in Berlin on the subject reconstruction, emergency shelter, energy efficiency and nuclear energy. To provide practical support to the affected people in Japan is planning a benefit auction for Leiko Ikemura fall of 2011.
Leiko Ikemura (1951) studied Spanish literature and painting in Japan and Spain. Since 1990 the artist lives in Berlin and Cologne and is working with the media of painting, sculpture, drawing and installation.