The Anatomy Classroom

Film installation

Following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster, objects that had been collected by a single curator over 20 years to represent the lives of the local community and the long history of the land had to be evacuated from the museum located in a zone designated as “difficult-to-return,” in order to avoid radioactive contamination and biological damage. This film documents and exhibits the relocation and changes in the historical materials brought out from the museum. Additionally, it features a dialogue conducted in the anatomy classroom of the Beaux-Arts de Paris, where the collections of the royalty and aristocracy were rescued and preserved as objects, subject to criticism and destruction as symbols of the past dynasty. Dialogue participants, who had previously visited the empty museum, shared reflections on their experience, questioning what they saw before their eyes and probing how to speak of catastrophes, prompting the audience to consider the crises of culture and of memory.