“Mirror with Memory” Exhibit June – September

By | March 6, 2017

Mirror and Memory Exhibit coming at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – June 17 through September 4. 2017

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the uprooting, dispossession and exile of 21,000 Japanese Canadians from the coast of this province.  Mirror with Memory explores the contributions of one such community through the creative lens of the Hayashi/Kitamura/Matsubuchi photo studio which operated in Cumberland BC from 1912 through to 1942.

In partnership with the Cumberland Museum and Archives and supported by materials from Cumberland, the Royal British Columbia Museum and the Nikkei National Museum this exhibition highlights 35 works representing the studio’s 30 years of operation. Mirror with Memory is further supplemented by a larger selection of life size projections conveying a sense of the scope of the studio’s output and the scale of the Cumberland Museum’s collection of some 800 glass plate negatives.

These photos represents a fortuitous confluence of technology and timing which created a single repository of vital images of Cumberland.  Capturing lives, families, working conditions, friends and history, this collection describes a community that was thriving and hard at work.  These images, etched in silver, hint at political and social challenges and speak to the vital contributions of Japanese Canadians to British Columbia’s social fabric, now captured behind the surface of these mirrors of memory.

Curated by Stephen Topfer (stopfer@aggv.ca, 250-384-4171)

Drury Gallery, AGGV

Further details TBA: http://aggv.ca/exhibitions/upcoming