Curators Talk: Jason Waite and Kaori Homma

View of the Fukushima exclusion zone; Courtesy of Don’t Follow the Wind
Artist Eva Mattes measuring radiation levels; Courtesy of Don’t Follow the Wind

Curators Jason Waite and Kaori Homma discuss their work in relation to Arts Catalyst’s presentation of Real Lives Half Lives, two exhibitions and a season of events reflecting on disaster, displacement and poisoned lands featuring work by Don’t Follow the Wind and Hikaru Fujii.

Jason Waite is an independent curator and one of the co-curators of the exhibition A Walk in Fukushima, as part of the curatorial collective Don’t Follow the Wind (Chim↑Pom, Kenji Kubota, Eva and Franco Mattes, Jason Waite). Waite will discuss their work with former residents of the Fukushima exclusion zone in Japan, and an international group of artists, to create an exhibition inside the restricted radioactive zone surrounding the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant, that will be inaccessible for an undefined period of time.
Kaori Homma is a curator and artist. In 2013, she invited artist and filmmaker Hikaru Fujii to take part in a residency in London as part of Art Action UK, a collective of artists, curators, gallerists and writers who are exploring various means to show solidarity and support for people who have been affected by the 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and subsequent Fukushima nuclear fallout. Homma will discuss her work with Art Action and give further context to Fujii’s film Project Fukushima!, which follows the preparations for a festival held in Fukushima city five months after the nuclear disaster.
Real Lives Half Lives: Fukushima is a season exploring cultural and societal responses to disaster, displacement and poisoned lands. What can art do in an ongoing catastrophe? How do citizens respond to a situation that forces tens of thousands of people out of their homes, land, and communities, many of whom probably cannot return for decades?


Jason Waite is an independent curator focused on forms of practice toward forming agency across diverse fields such as art, society, politics and critical theory. He has co-curated Don’t Follow the Wind (with artists Chim Pom, curator Kenji Kubota and artists Eva & Franco Mattes), an ongoing project inside the uninhabited Fukushima exclusion zone, The Real Thing?, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Maintenance Required, The Kitchen, New York, and White Paper: The Law by Adelita Husni-Bey at Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht where he was curator.
Kaori Homma is an artist and co-founder and co-ordinator of Art Action UK. Homma is Associate Lecturer at University of Arts London at Central Saint Martins and Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges (CCW), her art practice includes social engagement, fire etching and video exploring time, and reflecting on nuclear concerns. Art Action UK was established in response to the 2011 Japanese earthquake, tsunami and subsequent Fukushima nuclear fallout. The project supports artists who have been affected by disasters to undertake residencies in London including: Kyun Chome, Yoi Kawakubo, Komori & Seo, Hikaru Fujii, and Kaya Hanasaki.