‘The Disasters of Peace’
‘The Disasters of Peace: Social Discontent in the Manga of Tsuge Tadao and Katsumata Susumu,’ an exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art, centers on a pair of manga artists whose work explores the inhumanity and hardship that communities are forced to endure during periods of dramatic social upheaval. Tsuge Tadao (b. 1941) and Katsumata Susumu (1943–2007) both evoked the financial desperation, moral confusion, and shame of military defeat that afflicted postwar Japan. Tsuge’s “Gently Goes the Night” (1970) depicts a relationship between a middle-aged man and a young woman that begins hopefully but quickly devolves into panic and accusations. Katsumata’s “Deep Sea Fish” (1984) portrays laborers at a nuclear power plant whose selfless devotion to their employers results in tragedy. Ryan Holmberg, editor and translator of Slum Wolf, the forthcoming New York Review Comics edition of Tadao Tsuge’s work, will be giving talks at the museum following the exhibition’s opening on November 30.
For more information about the exhibition, please visit honolulumuseum.org
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