And, do you still hear the peacocks?

And, do you still hear the peacocks?


Publisher: IbashoThe (M)éditions

A new book by Miho Kajioka published by a Belgium gallery Ibasho and a French publisher the (M)éditions about her experiences following the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear catastrophe on March 11, 2011, and her return to art.

“This book is my requiem for the last ten years. My new chapter has started from 2011 and it will end when this book is done …
Right after the accident, I found a blog about peacocks that were left in the evacuation zone, within the 20 km limit. I then began imagining those peacocks, walking around the empty town with their beautiful wings spread …
[W]hen I went back to Japan, I took a break from producing art to learn about the world and life. I changed jobs every year, met many people, travelled to different places, and then I ended up working as a journalist producing TV news and documentaries. It lasted for more than ten years. I was sad not to be doing art, however I knew that one day, the time to return to art would come for sure.
For more than a month after the disaster, we could not go back to Tokyo. We covered many stories. I found a lot of stories that touched me deeply, however those were not very suitable for TV news. When I started to feel frustrated about that, I found pink roses blooming beautifully in the middle of rubble in Kamaishi, where many people had been washed away by the tsunami. The roses bloomed simply because it was spring. That beautiful and uncomplicated statement by those roses were beyond our thoughts. They taught me that it was the time to return to art. I finally heard the scream inside of me.”
― from Miho Kajioka’s afterword


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Book Size
255 × 255 mm
48 pages, 62 images
Publication Year
English, Japanese, French
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