Don't Follow the Wind

Taro Nettleton visits a group exhibition project inside the Fukushima exclusion zone, initiated by Japanese collective Chim↑Pom to mark the fourth anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster

By Taro Nettleton

Trevor Paglen, Trinity Cube, 2015–, irradiated glass from the Fukushima Exclusion Zone, trinitite, 20 x 20 x 20 cm. Courtesy the artist and Don't Follow the Wind Nikolaus Hirsch and Jorge Otero-Pailos, Becoming Monument, 2015, pumphouse and contents in model form (Fukushima exclusion zone, Japan), dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Don't Follow the Wind Nikolaus Hirsch and Jorge Otero-Pailos, Becoming Monument, 2015, pumphouse and contents in built form (Fukushima exclusion zone, Japan), dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Don't Follow the Wind Ai Weiwei, A Ray of Hope, 2015, solar panel, LED lights, dimensions variable, Fukushima exclusion zone, Japan. Courtesy the artist and Don't Follow the Wind Ai Weiwei, A Ray of Hope, 2015, solar panel, LED lights, dimensions variable, Fukushima exclusion zone, Japan. Photo: Kenji Morita. Courtesy the artist and Don't Follow the Wind Taryn Simon, Final Photos, 2015–, website, server, solar panel, battery, Fukushima exclusion zone, Japan. Courtesy the artist and Don't Follow the Wind

Don’t Follow the Wind (DFW) is a currently inaccessible group exhibition of works made in response to the nuclear disaster caused by the melt-through of the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The exhibition opened on 11 March 2015 in the exclusion zone of Fukushima, from which approximately 24,000 residents continue to be displaced by high radiation levels. Besides the exhibition works installed in the spaces provided by former residents, one of the most memorable sights in the zone is…

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