Consequences

The iconic Ferris wheel inside the overgrown city of Pripyat, 3km from Chernobyl nuclear power plant. From the featured photography series The Red Forest (2012) by Edward Thompson. Image courtesy the artist

Peace & Justice (Scotland) presents

Consequences: Art and Activism in the Nuclear Age

exhibition and events curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Heather Kiernan as part of the Peace Cranes project

16 August – 3 September 2022 Exhibition free and open to all Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm (except Saturday 27 September 2022)

3 September – 30 October 2022 Selected works from the exhibition by Peter Kennard | free and open to all Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm

Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG


Exhibition leaflet featuring a curatorial introduction, artists’ statements and a floor plan checklist in 24 pages. View or download here

Exhibition views featuring over 180 documentation images by Tiu Makkonen. View here

EXHIBITION EVENTS

19 August 2022 6-10pm Exhibition Vernissage featuring poetry readings by Ukrainian and Scottish writers Kateryna Babkina, Natalka Bilotserkivets, Lyubov Sirota, Kathleen Jamie, Gerry Loose, Jim Mackintosh, Alan Spence and Samuel Tongue. Free and open to all. Eventbrite details here. Video documentation of readings recorded and edited in 7 segments by Tiu Makkonen here.

2 September 2022 1-4pm Creative workshop led by exhibiting artist Alena Rogozhkina. Free and open to all. Eventbrite details here.

3 September 2022 1-4pm Exhibition Finissage featuring a performance by Protest in Harmony Choir and a screening of The Vow from Hiroshima – a documentary about Hiroshima survivor and anti-nuclear campaigner Setsuko Thurlow. Free and open to all. Eventbrite details here.

July 2022 – 3 September 2022 Curatorial selection of poems introduced weekly, including new and old favourites by Bob Dylan, Nâzim Hikmet, Daniel Berrigan, Sadako Kurihara, Lyubov Sirota, Lyuba Yakimchuk and more. Free and open to all at our dedicated Facebook page here.

Peace Cranes project at a glance linktr.ee/PeaceCranes

#peacecranes #nuclearban #bairnsnotbombs

The Consequences exhibition and events have emerged within a context of fear, but also of hope. Fear, because of recent threats of nuclear weapons use alongside continuing modernisation and expansion of nuclear arsenals, but also hope because of the UN’s Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons which was adopted in 2017 and came into force in 2021 through the continued struggle from over 600 civil society organisations that comprise ICAN (the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons), including Peace & Justice (Scotland). Through artist’s films, photography, sound art and poetry, we will explore the the catastrophic, widespread and persistent humanitarian and environmental consequences posed by the Russian invasion of Ukraine – another terrible reminder of the nuclear knife-edge on which the world is precariously balanced, as well as the ramifications of the nuclear power accidents at Chernobyl, Kyshtym and Fukushima, as well as the dropping and testing of the atomic bomb in Japan, Kazakhstan and the Marshall Islands. Artists featured in Consequences include Es Devlin (England), Ian Dodds (Scotland), Maxim Dondyuk (Ukraine), Alla Georgieva (Ukraine/Bulgaria), Su Grierson (Scotland), Janis Hart (Scotland), Madelon Hooykaas (The Netherlands), Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner (USA), Peter Kennard (England), Dan Lin (USA), Alena Rogozhkina (Ukraine/Scotland), Keiko Sato (Japan/The Netherlands), Makana (USA), Pam Skelton (England), Elena Subach (Ukraine), Daria Svertilova (Ukraine), Edward Thompson (England), Mare Tralla (Estonia/England), Machiko Weston (Japan/England) and Helen Zhgir (Ukraine). The exhibiton will also be accompanied by a vernissage and a finissage events offering talks, discussions, performances, poetry readings and screenings, including The Vow from Hiroshimaa documentary about Hiroshima survivor and anti-nuclear campaigner Setsuko Thurlow.

Iliyana Nedkova and Heather Kiernan

Scroll down for further details of the first two years of our Peace Cranes project

May That Nuclear War Be Cursed! (1978) by Maria Prymachenko. UNESCO declared 2009 the year of Maria Prymachenko. Progressive International declared this work by the Ukrainian artist Maria Prymachenko Art of the Week 7-14 March 2022 #InternationalWomensDay2022

Peace Cranes is a two-year project by Peace & Justice (Scotland) – a major part of its Arts and Activism Prorgamme. The project sets out to explore the impact of nuclear power on peace, people the planet, and the significance of the UN nuclear weapons ban treaty. It features a series of contemporary art exhibitions and events across Edinburgh in-person and worldwide online, showcasing works by Scottish and international artists. Peace Cranes is curated by Iliyana Nedkova and Heather Kiernan and delivered with the support of a range of partners, volunteers, donors and funders – all spreading the message about planetary care, climate and nuclear justice worldwide.

The Peace Cranes project began online on 6 August 2020 and ran through November 2020 with a series of films, talks and theatre commemorating the 75th anniversary of the nuclear catastrophe caused by the US atomic bombing of the Japanese civilian populations in Hiroshima and in Nagasaki in August 1945. Tune in our 2020 programme here featuring artists Leo Ashizawa, Jeff Brown, Michael Mears, Chihiro Ono and You-Ri Yamanaka.

The project continued with Peace Cranes and Code Red – our exhibitions and events about peace, people and planet held across Edinburgh 6 August – 26 November 2021 which attracted over 20,000 in-person and online visitors and featured works by Scottish and international artists and activists, including Ian Dodds, Janis Hart, Peter Kennard, Michael Mears, Donna Riddington, Pam Skelton and You-Ri Yamanaka.

The Peace Cranes project culminates with Consequences. Art and Activism in the Nuclear Age 16 August – 3 September 2022 with an in-person exhibition and events at Out of the Blue Drill Hall, 36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh EH6 8RG.

Peace Cranes Installation by Janis Hart showing at St John’s Church 6 August – 14 November 2022 as part of Peace Cranes project. View by Written in Film Productions. Courtesy Just Festival


Mare Tralla’s research trip to Code Red: Peter Kennard showing at The Out of the Blue Drill Hall 6-26 November 2021 as part of the Peace Cranes project. Image by Iliyana Nedkova. Further details about Mare Tralla’s Peace Cranes project here
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