"The 5th Blue Sky Project exhibition"
July 31 - August 8, 2010
@Civic Gallery, Takada Library in Takada Park, Joetsu City, Niigata, Japan
"On September 11, 2001, the New York-based art historian Reiko Tomii photographed the tragedy of World Trade Center from her home, and uploaded three photographs for her Japanese friends. After a few years, I looked at her photographs and other documentary photographs, I realized one thing: there was a beautiful blue sky over New York. There was also a beautiful blue sky over Hiroshima on August 6, and over Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, when atomic bombs were dropped on these Japanese cities. The blue sky was the backdrop of historic human follies, again and again.
I decided to reverse the situation--making the blue sky for a. backdrop of world peace, and conceived Blue Sky Project: An International Exhibition.
This year, we are organizing the 5th exhibition.
Above the clouds, there is the blue sky that envelopes the Earth. We will never make the beautiful blue sky a backdrop of war, nuclear bombing, terrorism, massacre, and other destructive acts. Never again.
The blue sky is our shared motif. We want you to freely express your hope for happiness of all the people in the world. We want to tell this message to many people in the world."