Thursday, July 21, 2011
Exhibition: Report From Japan by Go Nakamura, Canna Sasa, & Hiroaki Sasa

“Report from Japan” by Go Nakamura, Canna Sasa, Hiroaki Sasa

Location: Graphite. 38 Marcy Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Exhibition: July 29th - 31th, 2011

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 30th, 6pm-9pm

An exhibition 'Report From Japan' at Graphite. features works of photographers Go Nakamura, Canna Sasa, and Hiroaki Sasa, video artist's photographs and videos they had captured while providing volunteer work in Japan. The opening reception will follow with a talk by the artists. This is the report from the experiences at the scenes with real photos and videos images that are barely shared to us in NYC.

Canna Sasa, photographer and her husband Hiroaki Sasa, video artist  went to the Tohoku area in Japan to do volunteer work from May 15-29, 2011. 

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
"Growing Peace" - Indira Johnson's fields art project in Oregon, IL

Bird view of "Growing Peace"
Walking through "Growing Peace"

Indira Freitas Johnson is an artist, cultural worker, and activist based out of the Evanston, Illinois. Though she has resided in the States for well over two decades, Indira has continuingly kept close ties with her homeland, India. She uses a wide array of mediums for her creations, her materials often being derived from multiple sources ranging from discarded man-made items to the recycled and more organic. Her subjects often ponder the origins of South Asian values and ethics, spiritual development, and issues of social justice and humanitarianism. “The influences of my mother, a social activist and my father, an artist and a follower of Gandhi have been predominant in my life and art,” she writes, “I continue to deal with the same issues that have preoccupied me for the last two decades - the growth towards a spiritual existence as an individual and as part of the human continuum.”

Her most recent work is with the Fields Project of Oregon, Illinois, where she created a five-acre field sculpture titled Growing Peace. It is in this work that Indira contemplates the power of human perspective and its relationship to the process of finding peace within civilization. Her design, "Growing Peace" was meant to imprint the earth, inviting observers to become participants in our shared goal for peace. Indira employed the foot, a symbol that continues to dominate her work as the primary motif in "Growing Peace". She believes it's power lies in its universality and we stand and walk without feet, which gives us stability and grounds us to the earth. This is Indira's statement of her concept:
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