Hiroshima mon amour 1945

Photography and Photomontage Part of the 70th commemoration of the dropping of the two first Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. With respect to the many victims. This is an Anti War art exhibit depicting the war in the Pacific from the attack on Pearl Harbour , that started the war between Imperial Japan and the United States of America. The war ended when the American Airforce dropped two Atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and August 9, 1945 were the only nuclear weapons used in a war so far. The atomic bomb explosions killed a total of around 100,000 people immediately - almost exclusively civilians and forced labourers who had been abducted by the Japanese army. By the end of 1945, another 130,000 people had died of consequential damage. The title of the art exhibit "Hiroshima mon Amour " is taken from the 1959 movie with the same name about a love affair in the aftermath of the atomic bomb plast and the end of the war. The works are photomontage combining original photos from the time and newly taken photos of models dressed like Geishas representing the Japanese culture but also the way Americans saw it at the time . All works as paper prints mounted on aluminium and matt plexiglas.


The bombing of Tokyo and other cities in Japan during World War II caused widespread destruction and hundreds of thousands of deaths.
On Monday, August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., the nuclear bomb "Little Boy" was dropped on Hiroshima by an American B-29 bomber, the Enola Gay, flown by Colonel Paul Tibbets, directly killing an estimated 80,000 people.
By the end of the year, injury and radiation brought the total number of deaths to 90,000–166,000.
The population before the bombing was around 350,000. Approximately 70% of the city's buildings were destroyed.
America had shown the world its destructive power, and the world was changed in a hundred of a second.
Since then we now that we have the means to destroy this planet many times around.
The war in the Pasific as part of the Second World War had began with the so called surprise attack on the American naval base of Pearl Harbour on the island of Hawaii. This brought America into the war and also into the war in Europe as Germany declared war on USA two days after Japan had done so as the two countries were allies.
And the Pasific war ended four years later with the dropping of the first Atomic bombs
over Japan.
The tragedy of Hiroshima and Nagasaki must stand as a warning to humanity and for coming generations. The bombs “Little Boy “and “Fat Man “ was not dropped as they say to end the war with the Imperial Japan, as much as it was to scare the Soviet Union, by showing what devastating weapons the United States of America had This was the start signal of a new era and the beginning of the nuclear race that lead to the Cold War. All kinds of war should always just the last alternative, but a nuclear war is uncontrollable and can easily and quickly escalated to a total war and result next time in the alienation of the human race and the extermination of our planet. We should force the leaders of the world to disarm and to scrap all nuclear bombs and missiles.
No one will or can win a nuclear war not today and not tomorrow.
It would be the very end of all humanity.
Thomas Dellert