PHILOSOPHER'S PHOTOS

Journal of Japan Studies

Text from You’ve Mistaken Me For a Butterfly (the first instalment)  published in Journal of Japan Studies as a literary feature with Abstract and Afterword by Professor Vera Mackie. ABSTRACT: The multimedia work You’ve Mistaken Me for a Butterfly was performed by Mayu Kanamori, accompanied by Terumi Narushima on piano, at the University of Wollongong (UOW) in June 2017. The performance was associated with the Biennial Conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia (convened by Vera Mackie) and the Exhibition Shadow Worlds (curated by Agnieszka Golda at the TAEM Gallery at UOW), where diaspora was a major theme. The performance is part of a larger work by Mayu Kanamori which explores the histories of Japanese women […]

YASUKICHI MURAKAMI – THROUGH A DISTANT LENS

This is a forgotten story of the Japanese in Australia.
Inspired by the true story of Yasukichi Murakami, a Japanese-Australian photographer, entrepreneur and inventor who was a remarkable character in northern Australia in the early 1900s, this multi-disciplinary work is a contemporary framing of Murakami’s life through the lens of modern day Japanese-Australian theatre maker Mayu Kanamori.

AWASE MISO @Canowindra

PRESENTED BY ROSNAY ORGANIC  AWASE MISO is an improvisational cooking performance with music, movement and story telling of miso soup. Miso is a seasoning made of fermented soybeans. Awase is to combine and mix. By sharing the ritual of cooking miso soup, a deeply rooted and emotional tradition often passed on from mothers to daughters in Japan, the artists and audience explore synthesis of memories of family and love through preparation of soup, songs and rhymes of giving and nourishing. ARTISTS: Terumi Narushima, Arisa Yura, Alex Salter and Mayu Kanamori DATE & TIME: 10 Oct (Sat) 6:30pm – 8:00pm VENUE: All Saints’ Anglican Church, Belmore St, Canowindra TICKETS @DOOR: $25 General Admission; $15 […]

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 […]

Carnival of Bold – Artists for social change

Six artists lead the ranks on the quest for social change with works highlighting cultural awareness, indigenous rights, sexuality, gender equality, diversity, feminism, youth and marginalised communities. Carnival of the Bold presents a lineup that will captivate, challenge and inspire you. Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Sydney Saturday, 6th June 2015 3pm – 5pm More info: http://www.vividsydney.com/speaker/mayu-kanamori Tix: http://coalitionofmischief.com/carnivalofthebold/tickets/ Mayu Kanamori: Japanese-Australian Storyteller Candy Bowers: Hip Hop Artist / Writer Luka Lesson: Spoken Word Artist Rani Pramesti: Indonesian-Australian Performance Maker Fadia Abboud: Arab-Australian Filmmaker Poetribe (Yilinhi – Lorna Munro): Indigenous Spoken Word Performer Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers: Performer