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TOKKOATI - spite specific exhibition retells the 'Battle of Sydney Harbour'

BY Green Tea | 09-May-2017
Japanese and Australian artists interpret WWII attack on Sydney for 75th Anniversary
Venue: T5 Camouflage Fuel Tank
Address: T5 Camouflage Fuel Tank, Headland Park, Georges Heights, (off Dominion Crescent), Mosman, NSW
Date: Saturday 20 May - Monday 12 June 2017
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Ticket: Free
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MIKU SATO 'Not the Yellow Submarines', 2015-2017, Still - Single screen video installation, courtesy the artist & Mosman Art Gallery
Mosman Art Gallery has invited six leading Australian and Japanese artists to re-tell a remarkable Sydney story for a multi-media, site-specific exhibition staged overlooking Sydney Harbour.

The exhibition titled TOKKOTAI, explores the 75th Anniversary of the World War II attack on Sydney from three Japanese midget submarines.

Seventy-five years ago this May, Japan launched its brazen strike bringing war home to Australia’s Eastern States. Twenty-seven people died. It was the first and only time that modern Sydney came under foreign attack, leaving an indelible mark on Australian identity.

TOKKOTAI is a new initiative that responds to the event with work from leading contemporary artists Michelle Belgiorno, Ken Done, Jennie Feyen, Sue Pedley, Miku Sato and Gary Warner on show in the restored T5 Camouflage Fuel Tank at Headland Park, Georges Heights Oval, Mosman, overlooking Sydney Harbour.

T5 is one of a series of industrial scale former naval oil tanks built on Sydney’s North Shore, camouflaged against Japanese attack during WW II. The oversized internal space of the Tank lends to the large–scale installations, paintings and immersive experiences on offer.

This multi-media project presents a global narrative on war and conflict, destruction, honour and self-sacrifice, while considering the DNA of the former military structure that houses the exhibition.

TOKKOTAI presents an opportunity to engage community, open discussions on Japanese Australian joint histories and examine the impact of war on contemporary societies. Workshops were organised in both countries to help develop the installations, with Australian and Japanese peoples working side by side on the project.

TOKKOTAI is the first bi-national exhibition dedicated to exploring this WWII event and shines new light on what became one of Sydney Harbour’s darkest moments.