Gallery Talk: Roman Rosenbaum, Manga as Nuclear Art: Contemporary Perspectives of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Gallery talk: Saturday 30 April, 2.30 - 4.00pm
Exhibition period: 7 April - 14 May 2022
CovidSafe Venue: Tin Sheds Gallery, 148 City Rd, Darlington NSW 2008
About the talk
Tracing the earliest manifestation of the atom bomb in comics from censored Superman comics to their Australian antipodean counterpart in Captain Atom, this seminar presentation traces the lineage of graphic novels addressing the nuclear age via Nakazawa Keiji’s seminal countercultural classic Barefoot Gen, until the appearance of the transgenerational drawings by Kōno Fumiyo’s In This Corner of the World. Leading up to the yearly commemorations of these traumatic events several new works have appeared that seek to reshape the narrative of the atomic bombs. The latest works by Takeo Aoki Hiroshima’s Revival (2016) and Didier Alcante La Bombe (The bomb, 2020) will be discussed in some detail.
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This exhibition was assisted by the Australian-Japan Foundation and University of Sydney Chancellor Committee's Grant.
Image: Detail from Kōno Fumiyo's manga series, In This Corner of the World, 2007-09. Courtesy © Futabasha, Kōno Fumiyo