July 17—October 14, 2014
Ethnic Heritage Gallery, 700 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor Lobby
A third generation hibakusha (atomic bomb survivor) from Hiroshima, visual artist Yukiyo Kawano fearlessly re-evaluates her own condition as part of a diaspora. Since her MFA program (Kawano received her MFA in 2012), she has been (re) discovering the ways that Eastern thought—history and its telling—forms a self-perpetuating language structure. Kawano's given (Western) condition has brought her to a singular place from where she explores the position with which to define herself as language creates history and the social that surrounds that history, the present memory and the result of histories.
Kawano's work asks questions: what is at stake in the current historical moment? Her voice? Her silence? What is silenced in the process of eliminating stories that have a distinct ending? Is our fear of losing connection making us crave a logical (written) way of understanding the world?
Since 2011, Kawano revisits and personalizes the legacy of the nuclear era and the Daiichi nuclear plant disaster in Fukushima.
Oct. 16, 2014—Jan. 15, 2105
"I feel a special connection to the Southwest. I was born and raised in Utah and identify as Chicana. My twin sister and I were raised by a strong and loving father who was also a shaman to many in the community. He taught us a keen awareness of the power of nature and the spirit world connected to nature and our culture. I imbue my oil paintings with sensuous joy which I feel for life which renders each painting a celebration. I wish for my paintings to invite other this reflection through the empowering lens of gratitude." ~artist statement