Nuclear Issues in our Nuclear Age


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Mon, 08/05/2013 - 12:00am
Nuclear Issues in our Nuclear Age

Hosted by Cecil Prescod and Celeste Carey.

Today's Guests are Artists Kerry Davis, Anna Daedalus, and Yukiyo Kawano, along with Activist, Chuck Johnson.  Kerry, Anna, and Yukiyo are artists and will talk about their exhibit at the Nikkei Legacy Center and Chuck Johnson will talk about his work related to Hanford and its connection to to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fukushima.

Visual artists Anna Daedalus and Kerry Davis began working together in 2011 as part of 13 Hats, a collective of Portland artists and writers. 13 Hats came together for two years to pursue interdisciplinary work and creative dialogue through collaboration. In that time the group mounted three exhibitions and various readings, produced numerous publications and seeded collaborative projects that continue today. In August 2012, Daedalus and Davis developed and demonstrated a prototype Shadow Box as part of the Portland Shadows Project, an outdoor public reading organized by fellow 13 Hats member David Abel, in commemoration of Hiroshima Day.

Their work together has sparked a larger multidisciplinary project, Mapping the Shadows, a collective exploration and meditation on such interrelated concerns as the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, radioactive contamination at Hanford and Fukushima, climate change, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, water politics, and global economic justice.

Kerry Davis studied photography & filmmaking at PSU, PCC and Oregon College of Art and Craft and works in many photographic formats such as pinhole, toy camera & digital, using contact printing & alternative processes. His works have shown at Blackfish and 12×16 Galleries, Portland Art Center, and other galleries in Portland and the Pacific Northwest.

Anna Daedalus’s large-scale photographic prints have been shown in Portland and Seattle, and her work can be found in various collections, including the John Wilson Special Collections at the Multnomah County Library in Oregon and the Beinecke Library at Yale University.

Yukiyo Kawano, a third generation hibakusha (nuclear bomb survivor) grew up decades after the bombing of Hiroshima. Her work is personal, reflecting lasting attitudes towards the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Kawano’s main focus is her/our forgetfulness, her/our dialectics of memory, issues around cultural politics, and historical politics.

Chuck Johnson is the  Oregon/Washington PSR Joint Nuclear Power Task Force Director

Chuck Johnson is an activist, writer, and development professional with roots in the anti-nuclear movement dating back to the 1970s. He was an active member of Trojan Decommissioning Alliance and was the co-author of a ballot measure which passed in 1980, placing a moratorium on nuclear power plant construction in Oregon until a permanent disposal site could be established for the high-level waste from that plant. Chuck served as a Regional Coordinator for the national office of PSR in the 1980s and as Executive Director of a national anti- nuclear clearinghouse, Nuclear Free America, based in Baltimore in the 1990s.  After a hiatus to work raising funds for Western Oregon University and Portland State University – and complete a book, “Standing at the Water’s Edge: Bob Straub’s Battle for the Soul of Oregon,” coming out from Oregon State University Press in November 2012 – Johnson is happy to be back working to end the nuclear power experiment in the Pacific Northwest.


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