Made for Japan

MADE FOR JAPAN is a project by Citypulse, conducted by Toshihiro Oshima, aiming to help the Japanese people heal their wounds. It is composed of 12 volumes created by 11 artists, 9 of them Japanese and 2 Spanish photographers, specially invited to the project. On August 11th, the group began regularly launching volumes. All profits will go to the Japanese Red Cross.

There is a story from ancient India known as “Blind Men and an Elephant.”

Six blind monks were asked to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the elephant’s body. None of them had ever met a real elephant before. The blind man who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the one who feels the tail says the elephant is like a rope; the one who feels the trunk says the elephant is like a tree branch; the one who feels the ear says the elephant is like a hand fan; the one who feels the belly says the elephant is like a wall; and the one who feels the tusk says the elephant is like a solid pipe.

The monks cannot agree with one another and come to blows over the question. Finally, the Master of the monks raises his voice and speaks his wisdom.

“All of you are right and wrong. The reason all of you are telling it differently is because each one of you touched a different part. So, actually the elephant has all the features you mentioned and, above all, it’s a being which is beyond each of your descriptions….”

What stemmed from March 11th, 2011 seems like a Giant Elephant. Everything stands before us like a great, endless wall. We all feel like we’ve lost our tongues, trying to express it in words. We are bewildered by the magnitude of the situation.

I strongly believe each artist that contributed to our project “Made for Japan” has a unique voice that describes and characterizes the reality of this “Elephant” with sensitivity. Someone might say “It is like a Pillar” or “It feels like a Trunk”, “like a Rope,” etc… but I am certain each artists’ work combines to create a giant mosaic of the “Elephant,” revealing the truth hidden behind this iconic creature for the audience of the world, just like seeing the Geoglyphs of Nazca from the sky.

I would like to thank our curator, George Lever from CITYPULSE, and all his staff for giving us the chance to speak our own language in the form of art.

August 2011, Toshihiro Oshima

MADE FOR JAPANは、Citypulseのプロジェクトのひとつ。日本の人々の傷を癒すことを目的とし、日本のキュレーターはToshihiro Oshimaさんだ。呼びかけられた11人のアーティストが、12集セットの写真集を発行する。参加者のうちの9人が日本人、2人はスペイン人。8月11日、定期的に発行される写真集の第一集をグループはリリースした。収益は日本赤十字へ寄付される。





今回Made for Japanというプロジェクトの元集まってくれたアーティストはそれぞれの居場所から自らの声で自分たちだけが触れたこの<巨象>の真の姿を描いてくれるだろうと思う。ある人はそれが「巨木だ」と言い、ある人はそ れを「大蛇のようだ」と表現するかも知れない。 各々のアーティストが描くディテールの集まりがモザイクの如く相互に繋がりあい、個々のスケールを超えたこの<巨象>の全体像を現出させると信じてい る。遥か上空からナスカの地上絵を鳥瞰するが如く。

アートという言語を通して私たちに表現する機会をくれたCITYPULSE のGeorge Lever氏とCITYPULSEのスタッフに心から謝意を。

2011年8月 Toshihiro Oshima

  • Satoshi Sakurai
  • Tomomi Yatsuda
  • Ito Koichi
  • Kazuho Maruo
  • Tsukamoto P Mutsumi
  • Masanori Miyauchi
  • Toshifumi Jodai
  • Jaqueline Vanek
  • Mamiko Konishi
  • Jordi Gual
  • Tommy Oshima

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