Transpacific Borderlands

Past Exhibition

Transpacific Borderlands

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September 17, 2017 - February 25, 2018

Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo will examine the experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. Their methods of making art are diverse, from traditional to experimental, and the work itself illustrates perspectives of the Japanese Latin American experience directly, metaphorically, and/or abstractly. The exhibition will show how homeland, ethnic communities, racial mixing, and cosmopolitanism inform the creativity and aesthetics of this hybrid culture. It will also provide a visual record of contemporary Japanese Latin American art and contribute to the understanding of identity in a world where the meaning of race and ethnicity are constantly evolving.

Historical events have shaped the Japanese diaspora worldwide. The countries of Peru, the United States, Mexico, and Brazil experienced the most significant numbers of Japanese immigrants, mostly as a result of the need for labor. Asian American Studies and Latin American Studies scholars have researched the historic immigrant experiences of the Japanese diaspora in the Americas, but few, if any, have examined the work of artists of Japanese ancestry in these regions and their contributions to this vast cultural landscape. Transpacific Borderlands will focus on the art and artists of these four critical regions. Each region will be represented by the work of three to four living contemporary artists, along with one historical artist.

The methods of artmaking favored by the artists in Transpacific Borderlands are diverse, ranging from traditional to experimental, and the work itself illustrates perspectives of the Japanese Latin American experience directly, metaphorically, and/or abstractly. The exhibition will show how ethnic communities, racial mixing, and the concepts of homeland and cosmopolitanism inform the creativity and aesthetics of this hybrid culture. It will also provide a visual record of contemporary Japanese Latin American art and contribute to the understanding of identity in a world where the meaning of race and ethnicity is constantly evolving.

ARTISTS:
Madalena Hashimoto
Patssy Higuchi
Ichiro Irie
Erica Kaminishi
Yuriko Rojas Moriyama
Sandra Nakamura
Oscar Oiwa
Kiyoto Ota
Shizu Saldamando
Kenzi Shiokava
Shinpei Takeda
Eduardo Tokeshi
Taro Zorrilla

REGIONAL CURATORS:
Miho Hagino
Jaime Higa
Kris Kuramitsu
Michiko Okano

JANM CURATOR:
Clement Hanami

Pacific Standard Tme: LA/LA - Latin American & Latino Art in LA - Presenting Sponsors: The Getty and Bank of America

 

Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

 


Transpacific Borderlands Sponsors
 

Major support provided by

The Getty Foundation

 

Additional support provided by

National Endowment for the Arts

 

Kosasa Foundation

 

Pasadena Art Alliance logo  Pasadena Art Alliance

 

UAEM - Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico

 

Facultade Artes UAEM Facultade Artes UAEM

 

Community support provided by

Consulate General of Brazil, Los Angeles Consulate General of Brazil, Los Angeles

 

Media Sponsor

The Rafu Shimpo

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May 15, 2020

JANM Digital Film Festival: Our Man in Tokyo Q&A
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Lectures & Discussions Lectures & Discussions

February 25, 2018

"Transpacific Borderlands" Artist Talk
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Film Screenings Lectures & Discussions

February 24, 2018

Film Screening and Discussion—"Our Man in Tokyo (The Ballad of Shin Miyata)"
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Around Town Workshops & Classes

February 10, 2018

Recorrido a Pie por Little Tokyo en Español
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Film Screenings Lectures & Discussions

January 27, 2018

Film Screening and Discussion—Unsettled: Two Films of Japanese Peru
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Members Only Tours

January 27, 2018

Members Only Exhibition Tour: "Transpacific Borderlands"
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Lectures & Discussions Members Only

December 02, 2017

"Transpacific Borderlands" Members Only Artist Talk
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Special Events

November 11, 2017

JANM Free Family Days: We Love LA
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Performances

October 14, 2017

"Transpacific Musiclands" Outdoor Concert
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Members Only Tours

September 17, 2017

Members Only Exhibition Tour: "Transpacific Borderlands"
Transpacific Borderlands
Lectures & Discussions Performances

September 17, 2017

Opening Day: “Transpacific Borderlands”
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Members Only Special Events

September 16, 2017

Upper Level Members and VIP Reception: "Transpacific Borderlands"

September 17, 2017 - February 25, 2018

Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo will examine the experiences of artists of Japanese ancestry born, raised, or living in either Latin America or predominantly Latin American neighborhoods of Southern California. Their methods of making art are diverse, from traditional to experimental, and the work itself illustrates perspectives of the Japanese Latin American experience directly, metaphorically, and/or abstractly. The exhibition will show how homeland, ethnic communities, racial mixing, and cosmopolitanism inform the creativity and aesthetics of this hybrid culture. It will also provide a visual record of contemporary Japanese Latin American art and contribute to the understanding of identity in a world where the meaning of race and ethnicity are constantly evolving.

Historical events have shaped the Japanese diaspora worldwide. The countries of Peru, the United States, Mexico, and Brazil experienced the most significant numbers of Japanese immigrants, mostly as a result of the need for labor. Asian American Studies and Latin American Studies scholars have researched the historic immigrant experiences of the Japanese diaspora in the Americas, but few, if any, have examined the work of artists of Japanese ancestry in these regions and their contributions to this vast cultural landscape. Transpacific Borderlands will focus on the art and artists of these four critical regions. Each region will be represented by the work of three to four living contemporary artists, along with one historical artist.

The methods of artmaking favored by the artists in Transpacific Borderlands are diverse, ranging from traditional to experimental, and the work itself illustrates perspectives of the Japanese Latin American experience directly, metaphorically, and/or abstractly. The exhibition will show how ethnic communities, racial mixing, and the concepts of homeland and cosmopolitanism inform the creativity and aesthetics of this hybrid culture. It will also provide a visual record of contemporary Japanese Latin American art and contribute to the understanding of identity in a world where the meaning of race and ethnicity is constantly evolving.

ARTISTS:
Madalena Hashimoto
Patssy Higuchi
Ichiro Irie
Erica Kaminishi
Yuriko Rojas Moriyama
Sandra Nakamura
Oscar Oiwa
Kiyoto Ota
Shizu Saldamando
Kenzi Shiokava
Shinpei Takeda
Eduardo Tokeshi
Taro Zorrilla

REGIONAL CURATORS:
Miho Hagino
Jaime Higa
Kris Kuramitsu
Michiko Okano

JANM CURATOR:
Clement Hanami

Pacific Standard Tme: LA/LA - Latin American & Latino Art in LA - Presenting Sponsors: The Getty and Bank of America

 

Transpacific Borderlands: The Art of Japanese Diaspora in Lima, Los Angeles, Mexico City, and São Paulo is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, taking place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty.

 


Transpacific Borderlands Sponsors
 

Major support provided by

The Getty Foundation

 

Additional support provided by

National Endowment for the Arts

 

Kosasa Foundation

 

Pasadena Art Alliance logo  Pasadena Art Alliance

 

UAEM - Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico

 

Facultade Artes UAEM Facultade Artes UAEM

 

Community support provided by

Consulate General of Brazil, Los Angeles Consulate General of Brazil, Los Angeles

 

Media Sponsor

The Rafu Shimpo

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