Fujiko Nakaya Friends of Minamata Victims - Video Diary 1972

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Created for the first Japanese exhibition dedicated to video art, Video Communication: Do-It-Yourself-Kit, this work documents protests outside the Chisso Corporation headquarters in central Tokyo. Hazardous byproducts from the company’s chemical plants had caused severe mercury poisoning—and, consequently, a neurological disease—in Minamata’s livestock and inhabitants. Nakaya filmed the sit-in with a handheld video camera and installed a battery-powered television monitor on-site, allowing the demonstrators to watch themselves by playing back the recordings of their actions. Nakaya’s experiments with video led to the founding of Video Hiroba, a Tokyo-based collective active between 1972 and 1975.

Gallery label from Signals: How Video Transformed the World, March 5–July 8, 2023
Standard-definition video (black and white, sound)
20 min.
Gift of the artist
Object number
© 2024 Fujiko Nakaya
Media and Performance

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