The Center is gearing up for a great fall with exhibits, presentations, and other programs. Add the following to your schedules, you don’t want to miss these exhibits and presentations we are announcing and about to announce. In September we have a doubleheader, a solo exhibit by the acclaimed photographer, writer Jerry Takigawa in the Focus Gallery and a juried member show in the Community Gallery.
Balancing Cultures – Jerry Takigawa
Balancing Cultures is a photography project by independent photographer, designer and writer Jerry Takigawa, who sought and found meaning, catharsis, and resonance through the examination and expression of his family history and of the Japanese American diaspora. This collection of images shares Takigawa’s personal interpretations of the emotions, insights, and collective acceptance of the social injustice never expressed by his immigrant grandparents and American-born parents. Balancing Cultures gives voice to a long-silenced family story.
In 1942, President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 brought untold distress to all Japanese Americans living on the west coast of America. Families and individuals experienced the economic loss of property, the shame and indignation of incarceration without due process of law, and the humiliating task of re-integration into American society after being released from the WWII concentration camps. How did the Japanese Americans realize a resolution to this travesty of justice? A Japanese cultural saying, “shikata ga nai”—it cannot be helped—embodied their willingness to tolerate the shame. Still, it was “gaman”—to persevere and stay silent—that more accurately characterized their resilience to return home and start over.
History is not a science but an art. As an art based in the written record, it relies on the power of words to render the truth. But while words have the power to transform events and people, the visual arts have equal—perhaps greater—power to shape our thinking. Author David Brooks said, “If true racial reconciliation is achieved in this country, it will be through the kind of deep spiritual and emotional understanding that art can foster. You change the world by changing peoples’ hearts and imaginations.” There is no scientific or genetic basis for race—race and racism are social constructs. It’s time we consider how race is an unholy expedience we sanction that leads to labels, judgment, and separation. Awareness is the first step to a plural society and true belonging.
Here are some photographs you will see in this exhibit.
Jerry Takigawa is an independent photographer, designer, and writer. He studied photography with Don Worth at San Francisco State University and earned a degree in art with an emphasis in painting. In 1982 he received the Imogen Cunningham Award, followed by the Clarence J. Laughlin Award in 2017 and CENTER’s Curator’s Choice Award in 2018.
Jerry is the founder and creative force behind the Center for Photographic Art’s PIE Labs. His work has been widely exhibited, and is held in the collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Monterey Museum of Art and the Library of Congress. Takigawa lives and works in Carmel Valley, California.
The Juried Member Show
Also opening on September 20th is our First Juried Members Exhibition: Photographs and Memory, an exhibition of member work that addresses memory – whether familial or historical. Come see the stories our members chose to tell and to remember in this year where facts are flexible and change tweet by tweet.
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew
The Juror for this exhibit, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, is a Professor of Art (Photography) at the University of Rhode Island and is represented by sepiaEYE, NYC.
Annu’s work has been widely exhibited in national and international venues and will be featured in the upcoming 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale. Her work was recently featured at the MFA Boston and has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Program, John Gutmann Trust, Society for Photographic Education, MacColl Johnson fund and the Rhode Island State Council of the Arts. www.annumatthew.com
Exhibition: Thursday, September 20th 2018, thru Friday, October 12, 2018
Reception and Awards: September 20th, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
On View: September 20th – October 12th
Deadline for entries August 27th: https://www.riphotocenter.org/call-for-entries-first-juried-members-exhibition/