Hardcover, 9.5 X 9.5 In. / 128 Pages / 56 Color
“What Slavick produces are ghosts, haunting images from a past that, to paraphrase Faulkner, is neither dead nor past.” - Los Angeles Times, August 3, 2013
“...forms one of the most modest, least sensational of commemorations.” - San Francisco Chronicle, August 2, 2013
"...artist elin o’Hara slavick faces a void of annihilation that transcends expression, and yet, with meticulous care and consciousness, she produces photographic exposures that illuminate the unspeakable.”- The Asia-Pacific Journal, May 12, 2013
The photographic images of Hiroshima, Japan, in this photo essay are attempts to visually, poetically, and historically address the magnitude of what disappeared, and what remains, after the dropping of the A-bomb in 1945. They are images of loss and survival, fragments and lives, architecture and skin, surfaces and invisible things, like radiation. Exposure is at the core of Slavick's project: exposure to and exposures made from radiation, to the sun, to light, to history, and exposures made from radiation, the sun, light, and history, including historical artifacts from the Peace Memorial Museum’s collection. After Hiroshima engages ethical seeing, visually registers warfare, and addresses the irreconcilable paradox of making barbarism visible as witness, artist, and as viewer.
Essay by James Elkins