The New Yorker: Anti-nuke street artist is ‘Japanese Banksy’ — Cult phenomenon in Tokyo — “I love the American people… I want them to help save Japan… We need foreigners to save us from ourselves” — Featured in upcoming film (VIDEO)

Published: October 1st, 2013 at 6:56 pm ET
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Title: An Interview with 281_Anti Nuke
Source: The New Yorker
Author: Roland Kelts
Date: Oct. 1, 2013

The stickers went up a few months after Japan’s triple disaster in 2011 [...] in downtown Tokyo [...]

[...] a young girl in a raincoat above the caption “I hate rain” [...] On other stickers, silhouettes of the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki are suspended in white space beside the logo for [Tepco] [...] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s face, his mouth suffocated by an American flag.

The artist behind them calls himself 281_Anti Nuke, and he has become a cult phenomenon among Tokyo locals. [...] Tagged as the “Japanese Banksy,” he is an unlikely manifestation of Japan’s shredded identity [...] He is a fortysomething father born and raised near Fukushima [...]

“[...] nobody out there remembers the idea of radiation anymore. People abroad know more about the crisis in Fukushima than the Japanese. The Japanese are trying to forget. I want to make them remember.” [...]

281_Anti Nuke’s work is about to reach more people via exhibitions in the New York and Los Angeles, and a documentary film about his art directed by [filmmaker Adrian] Storey will début in festivals next year. [...]

“I love the American people, but I want them to help save Japan. This time, it’s the Japanese people who are to blame. We’re not aware, and we are actively trying to forget. We need foreigners to save us from ourselves.”

Watch trailer for the upcoming documentary here

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