Thursday, August 6, 2009

Paul Schmelzer interviewed Hiroshi Sunairi on Eyeteeth: A journal of incisive ideas

Paul Schmelzer is editor of the Minnesota Independent, former editor of the Walker Art Center blogs, creator of Signifier, signed, a former editor at Adbusters, and contributor to Cabinet, Raw Vision, The Progressive, Utne Reader and others

Sixty-four years ago today, at 8:15 a.m. Japan Standard Time, the American B-29 bomber Enola Gay unleashed fury on the city of Hiroshima, dropping an 8,900-pound uranium bomb called "Little Boy." Some 70,000 people died instantly, according to military estimates, and 70,000 more succumbed to radiation poisoning within the next five years.

For artist
Hiroshi Sunairi, subjected to endless hours of "peace education" classes growing up in Japan, Hiroshima gradually started becoming "Hiroshima," a concept that, after he moved to New York and witnessed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, gained a deep, new significance. While Hiroshima's citizens turned tragic violence into a pledge for peace, Sunairi says he was shocked that the U.S. responded to an attack on its soil with vengeance.................click link below to read the whole article.

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