What can art do in an ongoing catastrophe? Co-curator Jason Waite, discusses Don't Follow the Wind, an ongoing exhibition taking place inside the restricted Fukushima Exclusion Zone, the radioactive evacuated area surrounding the Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant—owned by TEPCO—established in the wake of the 2011 disaster that contaminated the area separating residents from their homes, land, and community.
As the Fukushima Exclusion Zone remains inaccessible to the public, the exhibition will be ongoing but largely invisible—a condition akin to radiation itself—only to be viewed in the future, if and when it becomes safe once again for the residents to return. The exhibition opened on March 11, 2015, but there is no clear timeline for public access to the sites—perhaps 3 years, 10 years, or decades—a period of time that could stretch beyond our lifetime.
Jason Waite is an independent curator focused on forms of practice toward forming agency across diverse fields such as art, society, politics and critical theory. He has co-curated Don't Follow the Wind, The Real Thing? at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Maintenance Required at The Kitchen, New York, and White Paper: The Law by Adelita Husni-Bey at Casco—Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht where he was recently curator. He holds an M.A. in Art and Politics from Goldsmiths College, London and was a 2012–2013 Helen Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, New York.