At the center of the installation are life-sized sculptures of the bombs that dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The bombs are made from the kimonos of Yuki’s grandmother, sewn together with the artist’s own hair, melding the DNA of generations of atomic bomb survivors. Yuki’s writings and drawings, in English and Japanese, surround the bombs, creating a place of dark reverence. A soundscape floats on the air. Visitors slow down, step more softly, quietly engage and reflect.
Though Suspended Moment began as a solo project, it has been augmented over the past two years through focused collaborations. Each installation of Suspended Moment includes a Butoh performance by dancer/choreographer Meshi Chavez, with music by Lisa DeGrace. Butoh emerged as a dance form in post-World War II Japan. Poetry by Los Alamos born poet Allison Cobb enriches the performance further.
Yuki’s vision is simple and profound: bring Suspended Moment to the most important nuclear sites around the world: Hanford Washington, where the materials for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki were created. Los Alamos, where the bombs were built. Hiroshima. Nagasaki. Fukushima. Adelaide, South Australia, a site for hundreds of nuclear tests. At each site, in addition to the installation, the artists will engage with local communities through a Butoh workshop and performance, bringing an even more personal aspect to those participants. Initial funding of $8,500 will bring us to Hanford and Los Alamos.
By allowing viewers to personally connect with our dark nuclear past, we hope to prevent these events from repeating in the future.
“I want to give people a space to rethink everything from the beginning.” – Yukiyo Kawano