Red Kimono review by Paul Carey-Kent

‘Head to the  Conway Hall Ethical Society – built in 1929 and housing a large humanist library – for an appropriate combination of passion and restraint. Lis Fields’ photographs of an extended network of artists and activists, all dressed in the same vintage kimonoand made up geisha-style (a fairly committed process which typically takes three hours).  They pose in solidarity with those affected by the radioactive fallout from 2011’s Fukushima nuclear disaster. In a neat play on serialism, people of different races, ages etc initially look similar, but individual characteristics soon burst through. Fields has backed up her concerns through extensive research and has published a booklet of testimonies, all pointing to a failure to acknowledge the full – and potentially worldwide – effects, or to hold anyone meaningfully to account. All without Fields having been to Japan, making this all the more impressive as a lesson in empathy.’

Writer and curator Paul Carey-Kent sets out a rolling ten recommended contemporary art shows in London now. He currently writes freelance including for Art Monthly, The Art Newspaper, Frieze, artcritical, Photomonitor, STATE and Border Crossings, and has a quirky weekly online column at FAD Art News – see

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