Friday, February 5, 2010

Jimmy Mirikitani at the Hort

The Cats of Mirikitani

As part of our Green Screen Film Series, The Hort recently screened The Cats of Mirikitani. The film was presented in conjunction with our current exhibition, Hiroshi Sunairi’s Leur Existence – Tree Project. The subject of the documentary, Jimmy Mirikitani, was escorted by the film's director, Linda Hattendorf on a visit to the HSNY to see the exhibition.

Since 2005, Sunairi has been collecting seeds from hibaku trees (those that survived the atomic bomb) in Hiroshima and has distributed them to nearly 400 participants in 23 countries. The Tree Project exhibition features a selection of these plants, which have been donated by the participants, as well as photographic and written documentation of the process.

Hiroshi, a native of Hiroshima, introduced Jimmy to the Tree Project and guided him around the exhibition. Jimmy enjoyed the exhibition and spoke of his memories of being in Hiroshima during the war. We were given a very special treat when Jimmy sat down and began drawing his now famous cats and presented it to Hiroshi. It now hangs as part of the show.

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