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Just what 2020 needed — an ancient burial ground with more than 1,500 bodies has been discovered at a redevelopment site in Osaka’s Kita Ward. The Osaka City Cultural Properties Association announced the discovery on August 13, 2020.
Researchers believe that this is Umedahaka, or the Umeda Graves, one of seven historically significant graveyards in Osaka that dates back to the late Edo Period (1603–1867 CE). It’s located nearby JR Osaka Station, making it akin to finding a burial ground right by New York’s Grand Central Terminal.
Judging by the lack of any significant personal belongings, it is believed that those buried here were commoners, which would allow researchers the opportunity to learn and study the ways and customs of a people not typically recorded by history. Furthermore, the multiple bodies found in each hole would indicate that their deaths were likely the result of either a pandemic or natural disaster.
The burial grounds were found during phase 2 of the Umekita redevelopment, which calls for four skyscrapers to be built by 2024. The site will eventually be home to hotels, offices, commercial, and residential space but before it can move forward the remains will likely be gathered and relocated with appropriate rituals performed by a Buddhist monk.
Art by Athena LaTocha, Wendy Red Star, Marianne Nicolson, Anita Fields, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith & Neal Ambrose-Smith, and more is on view through January 2022.
Unless you were already familiar with Bey’s documentary work, the horror he refers to might not be recognizable to you.
The intention behind the seemingly bizarre combination was, according to Attie, “to give visual form to the shared American and Brazilian reality of nationalistic divisions that defines our political present.”
Nowhere in the museums’ advertising blitzkrieg for the performance were we told to bring our wildfire-season masks as well as our covid masks, and covid masks don’t prevent smoke inhalation.
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Made possible by a donation from Amazon stakeholder MacKenzie Scott, the award is the single largest in the Bedstuy-based organization’s history.
A donation of two hundred works includes Jean-Michel Basquiat, Robert Mapplethorpe, Keith Haring, and Donald Baechler.