Paradise

2014
Collaboration with curator Rachel Carvosso  /   Sparks and Echo project ︎www.sparkandecho.org/paradise_shino-yanai/


But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May the words of my mouth and this meditation be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

In this section of Psalm 19 (v12-14) the Lord called to forgive all human beings. As I look at the terrible history in many places I continue to have questions I began questioning “Do we really deserve this forgiveness? ”
Even after seeing Hiroshima burned down by a nuclear bomb with an incredible temperature of 2000 degrees, the United Kingdom still conducted nuclear testing in Orford and became the third country to own nuclear weapons.
In spite of being the only country with the experience of nuclear bombing, Japan became the third largest nuclear power plant holder with 54 power plants. On March 11th 2011 many people in Fukushima were evacuated and forced to leave the homes that they love due to radioactive contamination resulting from the unprecedented nuclear power plant accident that surpassed even the Chernobyl disaster. Despite this Japan are co-operating with Sellafield are planning to pursue plutonium thermal power generation .
In Genesis, human beings are expelled from paradise due to their imperfections.
I imagined the appearance of paradise after they have been banished in the photographs of  Orford, in Sizewell, Dungeness (which are locations in the U.K. that have nuclear power stations).