Yasukichi Murakami – Through a Distant Lens
“We take so many photographs. How do we know which ones are important, which ones matter?”
Japanese photographer, entrepreneur and inventor Yasukichi Murakami was the talk of the town in Broome and Darwin in the early 1900s, until the outbreak of the Second World War saw him and his family, like all Japanese in Australia, interned as enemy aliens. Murakami’s photographs were impounded and subsequently lost.
Using photographic projections, video, original music, soundscape, and dramatic action, Japanese-Australian photographer and writer Mayu Kanamori goes in search of Murakami’s lost photographs. Uncovering a fascinating story of unlikely friendships, thwarted ambition and unrequited love,Yasukichi Murakami stirs our collective amnesia about the history of the Japanese in Australia.
Yasukichi Murakami is a meditation on love, truth and, in a digital age where cameras proliferate, the nature of photography.
Created and written by Mayu Kanamori
Directed by Malcolm Blaylock
Music and sound design by Terumi Narushima
Dramaturg Jane Bodie
Visual Design Mic Gruchy
Lighting Design Luiz Pampolha
Dramturgic Consultant Yuji Sone
Performed by Arisa Yura & Kuni Hashimoto with Yumi Umiumare
Produced by Annette Shun Wah, Performance 4a
Murakami is developed with the assistance of the Federal Government through its arts funding and advisory body, the Australia Council; Creative Ecologies Lab, Media, Music, Communications and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University; the Northern Territory Government; and Playwriting Australia.
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