"Manchuria" silkscreen collagraph 2015
With the defeat of Japan, Manchuria became part of China. However, Japanese orphans have stayed and left their footprint in Manchuria. The short lived nation of Manchuria disappeared at the end of the Second World War. The illusory nation of Manchuria is an example of how temporary and tenuous national borders, land masses, names, and governments are. What is a country?
My aunt talked about how lucky she was that her family safely returned to Japan. I think about people like my aunt, who were at the mercy of national policies. This work was created by hearing from the memory of the dead in order to notice the preciousness of peace and life, which has been protected by many sacrifices.
I've been exhibiting my prints and essays at the Yaita City Public Library in Japan. These works were made using my family's old photos. It is a preview show for this October’s exhibitions in my home town.
“What is home? Where is home?”
Yaita City Public Library
Wednesday August 17th through Sunday September 18th
Yaita 59 - 2 Yaita City Tochigi Prefecture
10 AM - 5 PM
closed on Mondays.
Works by the general public that express their views about their homes will be exhibited. I will bind a book of the general public's works to show at the exhibitions this October in Yaita City and Shioya town. It is a collaboration project with the general public.