Artists` Statement by Matt Adams – Press Day





2013年7月 マット・アダムス

In the tsunami of 2011 the damage was so extreme that, at times, it seems like the laws of physics were overwhelmed. Yachts lay on bridges. Pleasure boats came to rest on the roofs of buildings. On a research trip to Kesennuma, I stood and gazed up at a 330 ton ship that had traveled half a mile inland.

In the hours after a major disaster it is the general public who are the heroes. Before the emergency services arrive, while the journalists are absent, men and woman who themselves have narrowly escaped harm save lives. They comfort the injured and dying. They distribute food and water. The usual systems of order and control may have been destroyed but people self organize and take action.

I interviewed fishermen who had lived through the tsunami. They talked about the hours immediately after the disaster. They searched for relatives, they established shelters, they found food. And then they began the process of recovery. Mr Nakazato from Funakoshi told me about his work to continue the fishing tradition by training young people in his village. He looked to the future and said, “This is the thing I’ll be doing for the rest of my life”.

The UK and Japan are both island nations with long and proud nautical traditions. So much so that the vessel is sometimes the symbol of the country itself. This work brings a crowd together to take a trawler – Hachieimaru (the Eight Prosper Circle) – on a journey. With muscle power, communal strength and common purpose our friends will bring the boat to a new place.

 Matt ADAMS 

July, 2013

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