Shiva Ahmadi in Catastrophe and the Power of Art
Shiva Ahmadi is among 40 artists participating in a new exhibition at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo that addresses the question of what art can do in chaotic times where the future is uncertain?
Recent decades have seen a stream of catastrophes around the world – from 9.11 in 2001 to the global financial crisis of 2008, the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, and on. In an endeavor to inform the wider world of them, artists have produced works dealing with these tragic events and to ensure their stories are passed down to future generations. Documenting from a personal perspective presents another kind of truth, difficult to discern in the shadow of numerically overwhelming public opinion. Such works may also be designed to expose contradictions and cover-ups in wider society, or express personal loss and grief.
“Catastrophe and the Power of Art” looks at how art deals with the major catastrophes that strike communities, as well as personal tragedies, and the role art can play in our recovery; contemplating – amid today’s mounting crises of war, terrorism, burgeoning refugee numbers, and destruction of the environment – the dynamic “power of art” to turn negative into positive.
“Catastrophe and the Power of Art” runs from October 6, 2018 to January 1, 2019