The Hiroshima Panels, depicting a deeply moving portrayal of the indescribable suffering visited upon the more than 300,000 people who died in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, were painted by husband and wife team Iri and Toshi Maruki over a 32-year period.
Iri was born in Hiroshima and lost many family members in the bombing. Along with his wife Toshi, they arrived in the city three days later to find appalling, unspeakable destruction that haunted both of them for the rest of their lives. Being able to translate those scenes into paintings allowed them to learn to live with their painful memories, and bear witness to the devastating human-made disaster — in hopes that it would never happen again.
The Hiroshima Panels Project is a collaboration between musicians Sam Sadigursky (clarinet), Meg Okura (violin), Dan Tepfer (piano) artist Cynthia Madansky, dancer Eiko Otake and educator Kathleen Sullivan who will bring an immersive experience through music, art, dance and testimony to National Sawdust on 21 October. Also in attendance will be atomic bomb survivors who will share their testimony and engage an audience of local high school students to learn more about current nuclear realities and be inspired to take action for disarmament.