This work is themed around a seafood restaurant the artists uncle is running in Obama City, Fukui Prefecture. It all started with arequest to create a sign to be put up at the storefront, eventually resulting in a large picture crammed with various images related the region, ranging from the japanese mermaid legend “Yaobikuni” to US President Obama(for the similarity of names),and the”Sabatora Nanachan” character advertising a local fish specialty. Avideo shows the uncle as he talks enthusiastically about the restaurant’s past and future. The prosperous sea that he is so proud of is at once a place where the generation of nuclear power has been supporting the regional economy. Personal history revolving around the sea and the family,and the raw politics of nuclear energy flow together to define a peculiar vision that could only be realized through a blood relationship,and based on which this work was constructed.
Text by Mika Kuraya
Exhibition：TOKYO WONDER SITE EMERGING 2012
Date：August 4ー26, 2012
Venue：TOKYO WONDER SITE Hongo