Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Spirits Rising: ひろしま / hiroshima by Miyako Ishiuchi held from January 18 to March 15 at the Portland Japanese Garden, Things Left Behind explores the transformative power of the first major international art exhibit devoted to the subject of the atomic bomb. This first exhibition, at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, featured Miyako Ishiuchi’s moving color photographs of objects in the possession and clothing once worn by those who perished. Ishiuchi brought the objects and garments—still colorful and fashionable nearly seven decades later—out of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial archive and photographed them in the light, to trace the spirits of those who had once possessed or worn them. A cinematic reverie about art’s potential to recast historical memory.
A panel presentation will follow the screening to explore the themes of artistic expression, creative collaboration, historical context, and the enduring legacy of trauma and the resilience of the human spirit. The panel will include the film’s director, Linda Hoaglund, the photographer, Miyako Ishiuchi, and curator of Spirits Rising, Laura J. Mueller.
$25 general / $15 Portland Japanese Garden members, Silver Screen Club members, and Portland Art Museum members.