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Madoka Chiba

Photo by Kazuyuki Miyamoto / 撮影:宮本和之

Fabric, Sunlight
Works for Nakanojo Biennale 2015

In the work, the color of cloth fades from being exposed to sunlight for a long time. If you hang cloth in a window, only the parts in front of the glass will fade, and the window frame will remain in the cloth’s original color.The fabric plays the role of photosensitive paper reflecting the weather, the seasons, the opposite house, gravity, the eaves and the draft.

This piece is reminiscent of the shadows left behind on buildings of people and objects, created from the intense light of the atomic bomb, which can be found at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. It is strange that the shadows remain. Given the increasing number of nuclear powers since 1945, and for a society that is beginning to forget the threat of nuclear weapons, the piece visualizes the abnormality of that phenomenon itself by reproducing it.

The work was created on the second floor of a former liquor factory in the town of Nakanojo. It was hung in front of the window of the place where the employees used to sleep.

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