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Resilience Opens October 2 at the Japanese American Museum of Oregon

October 2, 2022

The Japanese American Museum of Oregon Presents

Resilience–A Sansei Sense of Legacy

October 2–December 22, 2022

Told from the point of view of Sansei (third generation) Japanese Americans, “Resilience—A Sansei Sense of Legacy” is an exhibition of eight artists whose work reflects on the impact of Japanese American incarceration during World War II and its resonance from generation to generation. Several of the artists in Resilience employ traditional Japanese methods in the construction of their work: Lydia Nakashima Degarrod uses boro stitching on paper; Na Omi Judy Shintani creates sculpture with kimonos and the fabric she has cut out of them; and Tom Nakashima applies mixed media and paint on a byōbu folding screen. Others use iconography relating to Japanese culture as a jumping-off point for their personal explorations on the subject of incarceration camps, such as Reiko Fujii’s photographs-as-kimono. Each artist expresses in their own way moments of deeply felt pain and reluctant acceptance, emotions which their elders often withheld. “Resilience–A Sansei Sense of Legacy” opens October 2 at The Japanese American Museum of Oregon.

Exhibition artists are Kristine Aono, Reiko Fujii, Wendy Maruyama, Lydia Nakashima Degarrod, Tom Nakashima, Roger Shimomura, Na Omi Judy Shintani, and Jerry Takigawa.

Resilience–A Sansei Sense of Legacy” will be on view at The Japanese American Museum of Oregon October 2-December 22.

Gallery Hours: Friday-Sunday, 11am-3pm

Location: 411 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97209

Admission: Free for Friends of JAMO; $8 Adults; $6 Seniors; $5 Students; Free for Children 11 and Under

Admissions Contact: 503-224-1458,

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