“From Devil to Human Being: celebrating postwar reconciliation”

23 September 2015

An exhibition to commemorate 70 years since the end of the Asia-Pacific war.

When: 23 Sep – 31 November 2015

Where: Herbert Smith Freehills Law Library, New Sydney Law School Building F10

Curator: Susannah Smith curating the research of Yasuko Claremont, Japanese Studies, University of Sydney

Exhibition photo 2_180X267


The Asia-Pacific war was viciously fought on both sides and finally, ended 70 years ago.

This exhibition re-examines the legacy of the war and all efforts made to build peace and reconciliation. It highlights the efforts of individuals and groups to achieve peace and friendship between those who were once enemies. Their stories are told in these photographs.

Themes depicted in the exhibition range from meetings between former enemies, to group peace activities and sites of remembering. The exhibition also explores how the next generation comes to terms with the legacy of conflict.

Painting by HIDEICHI KAIHO, 1999

The exhibition is part of a conference project entitled Wounds, Scars and Healing: Civil Society and Postwar Pacific basin Reconciliation. Its ultimate theme is reconnecting through friendship and brotherhood which takes place from 30 September – 2 October 2015 at the University of Sydney.


For updates on social media:

#70yson #AsiaPacificWar #Sydney_library