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Bomb Book Reading + Conversation

Andrea Pinheiro and Joshua D. Pilzer

March 13, 2019
e|gallery, main floor, CCT Building


The detonation of the atomic bomb has come to serve as a primary marker of the Anthropocene, our emergent geological epoch defined by humanity’s profound impact on its environment. Andrea Pinheiro’s 12-volume, 2,450-page Bomb Book series catalogues the names of every atomic bomb dropped since 1945, a testament to the profound reach and influence of these detonations. Following a reading from her Bomb Book series, Pinheiro will be in conversation with Joshua D. Pilzer (Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Toronto) regarding the impact of the atomic bomb on both individuals and ecosystems, as well as cultural responses that emerge in the aftermath of these devastating events.


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Andrea Pinheiro is an artist and curator working in photography, print, paint, film, and installation. She has exhibited across Canada and internationally, at Presentation House (Polygon) Gallery, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Art Gallery of Vancouver, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Novosibirsk Graphic Triennial, The Kyoto Museum of Art, and Or Gallery, Berlin. She has completed residencies at the Banff Centre for the Arts, AB, Montello Foundation, Nevada, and SIM Reykjavik, Iceland as well as a curatorial residency at Unitt Pitt in Vancouver, BC. Her work is represented by Cooper Cole Gallery in Toronto and Republic Gallery in Vancouver. She is an Associate Professor at Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, ON and is the director of 180 Projects, an experimental exhibition space.

Joshua D. Pilzer is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, and an affiliate faculty of the Centre for the Study of Korea. His research focuses on the anthropology of music in modern Korea and Japan, women’s musical worlds, and the relationships between music, survival, memory, traumatic experience, marginalization, disability, public culture, mass media, social practice and identity. He is particularly interested in everyday musical practice as a life resource, and in the “musical” features of so-called extra-musical practices like speech and everyday movement. He is the author of Hearts of Pine: Songs in the Lives of Three Korean Survivors of the Japanese ‘Comfort Women’ (Oxford, 2012) and since 2011 has been conducting fieldwork for his next book project, an ethnography of music and song among Korean victims of the atomic bombing of Japan and their children. That book is tentatively titled The Art of Making Life Work in “Korea’s Hiroshima.”