About Kentaro Ikegami

Kentaro's ties to the art community and work as an art activist will serve the new program in facilitating dialogue with professionals working in the field. He was on a team of artists and curators that made "Don't Follow the Wind" in the radioactive Exclusion Zone near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. Since people cannot pass freely into the area due to hazardous amounts of radioactivity, participants were asked to make art work for a future audience– when people can return once again. Ai Wei Wei, Trevor Paglen, Eva & Franco Mattes amongst others made new works which were installed in several locations in the Exclusion Zone. Kentaro's graduate thesis work at the University College of London, Slade School of Fine Art was a sustained reading of the controversy surrounding the 1995 Enola Gay Exhibit at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C. (The organizers of the exhibit came under extreme political pressure when they made public a proposal for the exhibit which included photographs of victims of the Nuclear attack in Hiroshima and Nagasaki). The exhibition was subsequently radically modified/censored. His ongoing project is "DC 95" which is an of exhibition of artwork related to the proposals, interviews, and ephemera of the 1995 Enola Gay Exhibit.
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