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Roger Shimomura’s internment camp memories

26 November, 2007 (05:00) | contemporary, japan, paintings | By: xensen

roger shimomura, justified internment

An exhibition of Roger Shimomura’s paintings that recall his experiences as a young boy in a Japanese internment camp, called Minidoka on My Mind, is at the Greg Kucera Gallery, 212 Third Ave. S., Seattle, through Dec. 22. Shimomura’s images are effective because he does not appear to editorialize but presents his recollections in an almost noncommital mode. He blends elements of ukiyo-e Japanese prints with an American pop art tradition (he is, of course, an American of Japanese descent). As Regina Hackett notes, compared to Masami Teraoka, Shimomura prefers harder and flatter forms.

The image is from the Kucera Gallery site. I think it is called “Justified Internment,” but I was not able to locate information about it on the site.


Comment from Nico
Time: November 27, 2007, 11:44 am

Good timing. I just finished reading Okubo’s Citizen 13360, which google has so kindly provided here: