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
Blurring Boundaries – the role of the artist in social history, responsibility and ethical choices A public lecture by Mayu Kanamori, 2015 IAS Artist-in-Residence Date: 29 September 2015 Time: 6pm Venue: Fox Lecture Theatre, Arts Building UWA Parking: P3, off Hackett Entrance 1 Cost: Free, but RSVP essential. RSVP: http://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/kanamori Mayu Kanamori’s most recent work Yasukichi Murakami: Through a Distant Lens is a theatre work about the life of historical photographer Yasukichi Murakami and the modern day search of his missing photographs. Murakami arrived in Western Australia in 1897 from Japan and lived in Broome as an inventor, entrepreneur and photographer. The day after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbour, like […]
“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 […]
Terumi Narushima and Mayu Kanamori is AWASE MISO – an improvisational performance collaboration with Ash Baker (deep industrial sound waves), WeiZen Ho (sound-body-objects), Linda Luke (dance), Zeb Olsen (electric guitar), Alan Schacher (body, props) and Gary Warner (harmonograph) as part of SOUND BITES #20, “SOUND BITES BODY 2” curated by WeiZen Ho. “…in the mix – multimedia artist turned instrument-maker, dancers, sound-makers, performance artist, and ex-punk rocker, a photographer/story-teller and a composer/sound designer. ” Sat 2 May, 2015 5-7pm WEST Project Space 38 Railway Parade, Hazelbrook