Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, Satsuki Ina, 2020
Photography weaving, canson infinity platine archival paper, inkjet
Satsuki Ina was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center, a maximum-security concentration camp for Japanese Americans during World War II. Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento, she has been researching the long-term impact of incarceration trauma and its intergenerational impact. A community activist, writer, and filmmaker, she has produced two award-winning documentary films about World War II Japanese American incarceration. Dr. Ina has a private psychotherapy practice in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she serves as a therapist and consultant for communities confronted with trauma related to clergy abuse, acculturation, racism, and captivity. With a specialization in cross-cultural counseling, she has conducted groups for Japanese Americans who, like herself, were children in the prison camps. She has been a proactive activist during the Trump Administration, protesting with other groups at Fort Sill. Dr. Ina will lead in a "National Pilgrimage to Close the Camps," march to Washington D.C., with other Japanese Americans from across the country.
Taiji Terasaki is a Japanese American artist based in Hawai'i. Growing up in a family of scientists and creatives, with a formal arts education, Terasaki has spent intensive years exploring avant-garde innovations in his craft, working in photography, sculpture, immersive and large-scale projections. His cutting-edge presentations are often infused with treatments on subjects of cultural and environmental conservation, social justice, preservation and restoration.
His newest project, a collaboration with the Japanese American National Museum, and current exhibition, Transcendients: Heroes at Borders, celebrates a range of individuals working across boundaries in eclectic and dynamic aspects of society. A compendium of singular and collaborative homages of these technology-based storytelling, contemporary portraiture, and immersive experiences.
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Donated By Taiji Terasaki