Hikaru Fujii

Fukushima exclusion zone, film still from Project Fukushima by Hikaru Fujii (2011)
Project Fukushima! Film still by Hikaru Fujii (2011)

The artist and filmmaker Hikaru Fujii, confronts political and social problems whose roots lie in history. Rather than presenting his research into past events just as it is, he has continued to use his work to attempt reinterpretations of the issues from contemporary perspectives.

The film Project Fukushima! is a documentary examining the Japanese city and prefecture in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns that hit the region in 2011. The film, directed by Hikaru Fujii, focuses intently on a music and arts festival in the region, roughly five months after the disasters, spearheaded by prominent Japanese musician Otomo Yoshihide.

Hikaru Fujii creates video installations that respond to contemporary social problems. He makes use of extensive research and fieldwork investigating existing systems and structures, based on the idea that art is produced out of the intimate relationship between society and history. His work explores modern education and social systems in Japan and Asia as well as the nature of museums and art museums.