“Hiroshima Appeals” is a poster series produced by the Japan Graphic Designers Association Inc. (JAGDA), the Hiroshima Peace Creation Fund and the Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation to keep the memory of the first atomic bombing on mankind alive, and to bring the appeal for world peace to a mass audience. A Hiroshima Appeals poster is created annually by a graphic designer for distribution in Japan and around the world. The posters are designed to give voice to the “Hiroshima's Spirit” from a pure, neutral standpoint.
In this exhibition, all 21 posters in the series from the first in 1983, “Burning Butterflies” by Yusaku Kamekura (1915-1997) right up to this year, “Question Mark, 2018” by Kazunari Hattori (1964-) will be on display. Also on show in a special exhibit are works of Siu Kataoka (1932-1997), a Hiroshima-born designer who survived the bombing at the age of 13 and set himself the challenge of creating 100 posters for peace. As he wrote “I have something to live for and that I want to share with children and future generations,” Kataoka created 72 posters until his passing at the age 65.
Vivid messages conveyed by design. May this exhibition be an opportunity for many of us to reflect on the memory of Hiroshima and its hopes for the future.
For details, please visit the 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT website.