AMKK “War and Flowers”

The Mass

poster for AMKK “War and Flowers”
[Image: © Bernie Boston / The Washington Post / Getty Images / Kyodo News]

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Curated by AMKK and led by flower artist Makoto Azuma and The Mass, this exhibition includes a selection of photographs relating to war and flowers that Azuma and his team have collected intermittently over the past eight years. These images reflect on the subject of war from various aspects, compiled with the cooperation of international photo agencies: Magnum Photos, Asahi Shimbun and Kyodo News.
From birth to death, flowers occupy a familiar place in people’s lives; as gifts of celebration and encouragement, or in moments of mourning and prayer. From long ago people have offered flowers, investing their radiant appearance and transient existence with the role of conveying feelings, desires, and tenderness that sometimes cannot be expressed in words. Such actions can even be glimpsed within the darkest events of human history like war. The world has seen dramatic developments in science and technology over the last few centuries, together with a diversification of conflicts. We wish that through these photographs bringing together and connecting in one lens the seemingly contradictory elements of “war” and “flowers”, the negative historical facts of humankind are faced squarely in the hope that many visitors, and especially younger generations, will be given the opportunity to think deeply about peace.

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Schedule

from July 20, 2018 to August 15, 2018
Exhibition hours: 12:00-19:00. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except for August 14th (Tues) and August 15th (Wed).

Artist(s)

Makoto Azuma et al.

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