The artwork I will be introducing is called Hinomaru by Kikuji Kawada. The photograph "Hinomaru", is a black and white photograph created by the process called the gelatin silver process. In the photograph we see a Japanese flag on the floor. This artwork was created between the years of 1960 to 1965. The time of creation is significant because this photograph was taken fifteen years after World War 2 had ended. Kikuji Kawada probably took a photograph of the Japanese national flag because he wanted to show the state of Japan through one photograph after World War 2 ended. He could also try to describe his experience of living through World War 2 in Japan. The flag appears to be wrinkled and covered in dust and dirt. In the dirt around the edges of the photo, we could see a chain and some rocks. The photograph does not directly display the impact of World War II, but has a deeper meaning after analyzing it. The black dirt contrasted by the white flag could symbolize all the losses Japan had. The dirt could also represent corruption in Japan with the possible increase of crime after the war. The dirt could also represent the corruption of the innocent people who were killed during the war. The flag on the ground represents the people of Japan and how they suffered from the destruction. The photograph tells us that Japan was once a powerful country, but when they lost the war, everyone in Japan had to suffer the consequences.
Researched by Raymond Huang