The AAW will be the closing weekend of the solo-exhibition by Japanese photographic artist Miho Kajioka - ‘… and yes, I still hear the peacocks’.
“Right after the accident, I found a blog about peacocks that were left in the evacuation zone, within the 20 km limit. I then began imagining those peacocks, walking around the empty town with their beautiful wings spread.”- Miho Kajioka
On the 11th of March, 2011, a tsunami and a nuclear disaster shook Japan. At that time Kajioka worked as a journalist and she visited the area for the first time one day after the disaster happened. After having studied painting and photography in the US, Kajioka felt that she was missing maturity as an artist. She decided to focus on learning about the world and life by working in several jobs. Working in Fukushima just after the tsunami regularly and covering many intense and heavy stories, Kajioka also found a little beauty, kindness and humour which she would not have noticed in normal, daily life. To her, it felt like hope and that is what she wanted to share through her art. She found her voice as an artist when she kept remembering this image in her head of those beautiful peacocks amidst all the destruction.
The exhibition ‘… and yes, I still hear the peacocks’ not only serves as an overview of Kajioka’s career since she found her direction as an artist in 2011, but also shows her future direction with her newest works in different shapes and colours.