Art & Design

Vestiges of their Hearts : 3.11 three years on

16 January - 29 March 2015, Durham

A photographic exhibition by Jorel Chan.


This exhibition showcases a series of carefully curated photographs taken during a humanitarian mission to the Tohoku region in Japan, with the aim of charting the humanitarian progress made in the various cities and towns hit by the 3.11 Great Tohoku Earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear incident.

Three years on, while the general infrastructure in the vicinity has been restored, it is clear that many less tangible scars are still left unhealed: the struggling with the loss of loved ones, the rebuilding of homes destroyed and the uncertainty of their children's futures, these are all challenges which survivors still continue to face every day.

As such, Jorel Chan's main vision for this exhibition is to give visitors a glimpse into the daily lives of the people in these affected areas, so as to better allow people outside Japan to understand the present situation in Tohoku, not only in the political sense, but on a fundamentally human level that we can ultimately all relate to.


Admission: £1.50 for adults, 75p 5-16 and concessions, free for under 5s and students in HE

16 January - 29 March 2015

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Tel: 0191 3345694

Oriental Museum