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 […]
YASUKICHI MURAKAMI: THROUGH A DISTANT LENS BY MAYU KANAMORI 10 – 21 FEBRUARY 2015 – SYDNEY, GRIFFIN THEATRE COMPANY Mon – Fri 7pm Sat 2pm and 7pm Bookings & Tix http://www.griffintheatre.com.au/whats-on/yasukichi-murakami-through-a-distant-lens/ “We take so many photographs. How do we know which ones are important, which ones matter?” 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 Japanese photographer, entrepreneur and […]
Beneath the Image: Japanese pioneers in the photography of Yasukichi Murakami Lorna Kaino & Mayu Kanamori Presents a joint paper & performance 13th Biennial GASt Conference in Stuttgart, 27-29 Sept. 2012: “Visualizing Australia: Images, Icons and Imaginations – Representing the Continent at Home and Abroad” Music by Vic McEwan 29 Sept 9AM Stuttgart University Photo of Yasukichi Murakami courtesy of Murakami family archives Project blog: http://aboutmurakami.wordpress.com/