Sungdam Hong “East Asian Yasukunism”
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“Yasukunism” is a term coined by Okinawa International University professor Douglas Lummis referring to nationalism and state violence pervasive in daily life, satirically comparing Japanese conservatives’ romanticism of Yasukuni Shrine and the military age with German Nazism. Today, this “Yasukunism” can be seen on parade not only in Japan, but across East Asia, extending to issues including post-3/11 Japan, Fukushima, and Okinawan military bases. Using the glamorization of Yasukunism to reexamine its aesthetics and ideals, this summer’s “East Asian Yasukunism” presents Korean artist Sungdam Hong’s “Yasukunism Illusions,” an overpowering series of enormous paintings ten years in the making. Talks, poetry readings, performances, film screenings, and other events are also part of this project bringing the East Asian historical issues of Yasukunism into sharp relief.
Speakers: Sungdam Hong, Yukinobu Okamura
Date: Aug. 11 (Tues) from 14:00
from August 05, 2015 to August 30, 2015
A shortlist of exhibitions and events happening across Tokyo (and beyond) this month, viewed through the particular lens of the 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII