The PhotoVoice Exhibit – Japanese Women Talk about the Earthquake, Tsunami & Nuclear Disasters of March 2011

This spring, the Center for Japanese Studies will host an exhibition on the experiences of Japanese women following the tsunami of March 2011.

After the Great East Japan Disasters in March 2011, women in the disaster-affected areas of northern Japan joined an ongoing project called PhotoVoice. These women, diverse in age and other socio-demographic characteristics took photographs of their lives and communities and discussed them in a small group since June 2011. Participants questioned and identified limitations and failures of the current disaster response policies and practices, as well as those concerning nuclear energy.

This special exhibit presents the photographs taken by women from the prefectures of Fukushima, Miyagi and Iwate, along with their “voices” that accompany the photographs (translated into English).

The overall goal of this PhotoVoice project is to strengthen the disaster response policies and practices in Japan (and beyond) by engaging the very women affected by the disasters in the analyses of societal conditions and collective efforts to address them.

The opening reception will be held April 9, 3-4:30, at the International Institute Gallery.  The exhibit will be on display April 9 – May 8, 2013.

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