AFSC is proud to have arranged the display of the Hibakusha art of Junko Kayashige at Harvard University this October.
When the Atomic Bomb was dropped on Hiroshima City on August 6, 1945, Junko Kayashige had just entered elementary school. A Hiroshima City native, she was in a home one mile from where the A-bomb hit. Kayashige survived, badly injured, but lost several close members of her family.
Throughout and beyond a 38-year career as a public junior high school art teacher in Hiroshima City, Kayashige has created haunting paintings of her experience and memories as a Hibakusha - an A-bomb survivor. She writes, "I wanted to depict the foolishmess of humans who attempt to solve problems with war and destruction. It is hard for me to revisit and recount my experience, but nuclear weapons are still threatening our lives."
With support from the American Friends Service Committee, Junko Kayashige has shipped her paintings from Japan for display at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The artist will share her story at the gallery talk.