Photographer Shino Yanai responds to Psalm 19:12-14 in light of the events from March 11, 2011 in a three-part series featuring artists from Japan.
Shino Yanai, Paradise (from Orford / Sizewell / Dungness)
Ms. Yanai is the second of the artists in our three part series who come from Japan, selected by curator Rachel Carvosso.
View the first and second works in this series: [the earth is round no matter what happens] by Ayako Yoshida and Hope by Shino Yanai.
Curious about Ms. Carvosso's process as a curator? Read some of her shared thoughts here.
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12 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse thou me from secret faults.
13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
In this section of Psalm 19 (v12-14) the Lord called to forgive all human beings. As I look at the terrible history in many places I continue to have questions I began questioning “Do we really deserve this forgiveness?”
Even after seeing Hiroshima burned down by a nuclear bomb with an incredible temperature of 2000 degrees, the United Kingdom still conducted nuclear testing in Orford and became the third country to own nuclear weapons.
In spite of being the only country with the experience of nuclear bombing, Japan became the third largest nuclear power plant holder with 54 power plants. On March 11th 2011 many people in Fukushima were evacuated and forced to leave the homes that they love due to radioactive contamination resulting from the unprecedented nuclear power plant accident that surpassed even the Chernobyl disaster. Despite this Japan are co-operating with Sellafield are planning to pursue plutonium thermal power generation . (プルサーマル).
In Genesis, human beings are expelled from paradise due to their imperfections.
I imagined the appearance of paradise after they have been banished in the photographs of Orford, in Sizewell, Dungeness (which are locations in the U.K. that have nuclear power stations).
Shino Yanai is a contemporary artist born in Nara, Japan. She completed a B.A. as an instrumental Music Major at Kobe College and a B.A. in Painting at Tama Art University, receiving her Masters from Tokyo University of the Arts. Exhibiting widely in various spaces in Japan in addition to Internationally in New York, Beijing and London. In 2014 she was awarded the Pola Art Foundation grant and guest lectured in Okinawa on the theme of “Art and Nation” in Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts. Her current base is in London, U.K.