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Rooted Among the Ashes
Special Exhibition
Rooted among the Ashes: Hibakujumoku / A-bombed Trees Katy McCormick
Exhibit Extended until April 30, 2024

For over a decade Katy McCormick has examined Japan’s A-bombed landscapes. Her work portrays the survivor trees or hibakujumoku subjected to the first use of atomic bombs in 1945, signifying the vulnerability of life in the face of nuclear threats. Standing in school yards, temple grounds, and city squares, the A-bombed trees are living memorials, rooted among the ashes just below the surfaces of now-thriving cities. Predicated on “walking and remembrance,” the exhibition invites a promenade through space and time, memory and history, urging reflection upon how the past haunts the present—warning, teaching, urging care.

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