If the Wind Blows

If the Wind Blows

If the Wind Blows

March 7 – April 13, 2019

Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
323 W 39th St. 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10018

Babbie Dunnington, Hagiwara Sakumi, Kawanaka Nobuhiro, Takashi Kunimoto, Tenko Kuroda, Sto Len, Marie Lorenz
Matsuzawa Yutaka, Yasuyo Tanaka, and Satoshi Yajimachi 

This year 2019 is the 40th anniversary of the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. It was the worst nuclear disaster in the history of the United States. This accident on March 28, 1979 triggered the nuclear abolition movement. On June 12, 1982, one million people demonstrated in New York City’s Central Park against nuclear weapons and for an end to the Cold War. It became the largest anti-nuclear protest and political demonstration in U.S. history.

The Three Mile Island nuclear plant will shut down in 2019. The Indian Point nuclear power plant closest to New York City, could be shut down by 2021. Although the times have been changing and shifting to natural energy, we face new problems of nuclear waste disposal and storage. There is also high radiation dose in New York, invisible radiation damage is not over yet.

Through the anniversary of nuclear accident at Three Mile Island and Fukushima, the exhibition If the wind blows hopes to learns from past disasters, to think about the current environmental problems, and to discuss what we can do for the future. One of the purpose is to connect for the next action with this as a foothold.

All disasters change human values and consciousness. It purpose to create opportunities for people to meet and learn from each other, and to blow the wind of change in ourselves and our society.