A-bomb survivor's portrait tells the story

The 10th International Conference of Museums for Peace

Title: A-bomb survivor's portrait tells the story

Author: Masakazu Masuda; Kyoto Association of 2nd & 3rd Generation Hibakusha (Atomic Bomb Survivors) Caretaker (Japan)

Abstract: Four years ago my parents, who were survivors of the atomic bomb incident, sadly passed away without saying a word about their experience.

Afraid that their story would fade into history,

I thought of doing something as a second generation representative of those who suffered the calamity.

Through repeated dialogue with the A-bomb survivors, they could pass on to me their experience of their lives in portraits.

I wanted to express the feelings that the A-bomb survivors couldn't express in words, through a picture, so I talked with each of them for about 2 to 5 hours before I started drawing, and after that I spent about one to three months making oil using classical techniques. I have drawn portraits of 16 people since then.

I expect to hold dialogues with many people through solo exhibitions, painting exhibitions, etc., and hope to contribute to world peace.

The portraits drawn have been presented to the survivors.


Masaaki Masuda 被爆者の肖像画で  英版.pdf