In Gallery Book Signing! Balancing Cultures by Jerry Takigawa
August 21 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
In Gallery Book Signing!
Balancing Cultures by Jerry Takigawa
Saturday, August 21, 12:00 – 3:00pm
Stop by the gallery on Saturday, August 21st, 12:00 – 3:00pm to meet the artist and purchase a signed copy of his new monograph, Balancing Cultures.
Jerry Takigawa’s Balancing Cultures presents the work of a multi award-winning photography series about the artist’s family’s experience with the WWII American Concentration camps. This project offered an opportunity to confront the racism perpetrated on the Japanese that resulted in their confinement in the American concentration camps sanctioned by President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066 issued on February 19, 1942. Awakened by a discovery of old family photographs, taken in an Arkansas camp, Takigawa was compelled to speak out in deference to his parents’ silence on the matter. Creating a visual journey through transitory collaged photographs using artifacts, documents, and memories resulted in a unique telling of one family’s journey from immigration to incarceration, and re-assimilation. Balancing Cultures reminds us that racism, hysteria, and economic exploitation are all attributes of xenophobia. We see renewed violence against Asian Americans today. To share these feelings publicly can feel like a betrayal—a revealing of family secrets. Yet, it’s not only healing, but now, it’s crucial to the context of the times. If silence sanctions, documentation is resistance.
Jerry Takigawa is an independent photographer, designer, and writer. He studied photography with Don Worth at San Francisco State University and graduated in 1967 with a degree in Art with an emphasis in painting. He is the recipient of many honors and awards including: the Imogen Cunningham Award, San Francisco, CA (1982), the Clarence J. Laughlin Award, New Orleans, LA (2017), Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 50, Portland, OR (2017, 2020), CENTER Awards, Curator’s Choice First Place, Santa Fe, NM (2018), the Rhonda Wilson Award, Brooklyn, NY (2020). and Foto Forum Santa Fe’s Annual Photography Award, Santa Fe, NM (2021). He was nominated for the Santa Fe Prize in 2007 and the Prix Pictet in 2013 and 2016. His work is in the permanent collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Crocker Art Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Monterey Museum of Art, the Imogen Cunningham Trust, the University of Louisville, the San Francisco Foundation , and the Library of Congress. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Takigawa lives and works in Carmel Valley, California.
Praise for Balancing Cultures
“The poetic photos by Jerry Takigawa on the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII collected in Balancing Cultures moved me profoundly. So melancholy, so personal, and so deeply felt…like ghostly memories that haunt America’s conscience.” —George Takei, Actor, Author, Activist
“On the surface, Balancing Cultures by Jerry Takigawa, is a quiet account of one American family’s experience of US governmental racism—cruelly inflicted upon its very own citizens during WWII. The narrative presents a highly personal view of an undeniably dark period in American history, and yet the photographs are so visually poetic that the seduction almost belies their message. This dichotomy is important. It points to the fragility of memory, of civic duty and pride, and to the stated accounts of the past as truths. Photography’s role in historiography is a powerful one, and Balancing Cultures will surely take its rightful place as a valuable document in this context.” —Debra Klomp Ching, Co-owner, Klompching Gallery, New York
“This powerful collection allows for a deeper understanding of how the past informs the future, in particular a past that is often hidden from the next generations. Balancing Cultures is an important historical presentation of American racism focused on Japanese families, but it is also a tribute to art as a form of reconciliation and documentation.” —Aline Smithson, Founder, Lenscratch
“Profound and unforgettable. Balancing Cultures masterfully interweaves narrative, memory and image to shine the light of history on prejudice, discrimination, and the unfinished business of racial justice in America. Powerfully and movingly told, Jerry Takigawa traces his family’s painful history of forced removal, dispossession, and incarceration along with over 120,000 Japanese Americans in America’s concentration camps.” —Ann Burroughs, President and CEO, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles; Chair, Amnesty International Global Council