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 […]
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.
Talk by Mayu Kanamori as part of panel “Creative politics, political creations” with Emily Zong and Francis Maravillas, chaired by Owen Leong. Asian Australian Research Network (AASRN) conference ‘mobilities’ (AAI 5). 26-27 November 2015 at the Immigration Museum, Melbourne. READ: Art, advocacy, and accountability: 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 […]
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