On July 25th, 1945 the President of the United States of America, Harry S. Truman ordered the atomic bomb dropped on Japan. On August 6th, 1945, the rest of the world learned of the specter of nuclear apocalypse: a new and unimaginable force had been unleashed and the threat that all life could come to a sudden and horrific end became a reality. On the sixtieth anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ATOMICA pays homage to the power of art and its continuing relevance to engage the public in a dialogue about war and peace.
ATOMICA brings together a group of international artists of different backgrounds and generations in an interactive dialog on the subject of nuclear threat, which is as much of a presence today as it was sixty years ago. The exhibition, comprised of 35 artists, is an awareness platform from which the audience can, in response to a past catastrophic event, understand and react to a present and future danger.
Participating artists include: Shiva Ahmadi, Jesse Bransford, Chris Burden, Davide Cantoni, Sarah CiracÃ, Julian Dashper, Heide Fasnacht, Tony Feher, Carlos Garaicoa, Joy Garnett, Leon Golub, Ingo Gunther, Marc Handelman, Keith Haring, Alfredo Jaar, Marguerite Kahrl, Peter Kennard, Komar + Melamid, Seitaro Kuroda + Hironobu Yamabe, Molly Larkey, Cristobal Lehyt, Ellen K. Levy, Robert Longo, Dominic McGill, Curtis Mitchell, Nobuho Nagasawa, Taras Polataiko, Robert Polidori, Michael Rakowitz, Lisi Raskin, Wilhelm Sasnal, Francesco Simeti, Nancy Spero, Hiroshi Sunairi and John Timberlake.
In conjunction with the ATOMICA exhibition, a continuous program of film and video screenings will feature rarely seen documentaries and films by Stefano Cagol, Oleg Chorny and Gena Khmaruck, Andreas Samland, Motohashi Seiichi, Stephen Sotor and Trace Gaynor, Mark Waller, Kathleen Sullivan, Robert Richter, Stan Warnow, and Muratbek Jumaliev & Gulnara Kasmalieva.