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Left image:  All Stereotypes Oppress, by Jerry Takagawa.  Right image:  Invisible Me,  by Joe Aki Ouye
Recognition & Healing Through Art: Two Artists in Conversation
Jerry Takigawa and Joe Aki Ouye will present a collection of their artwork and will discuss the stories behind their art. Their art explores the wartime experiences of their respective families and the challenges they faced growing up as Japanese Americans in the U.S. in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Their work articulates a view of how Americans view Asian Americans and offers a portal through which the viewer can understand the experiences and the collective injustices.

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Aug 22, 2020 03:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Joe Aki Ouye
Joe Aki Ouye was born in Japan In 1942, but his mother was a Sansei (Third generation Japanese American) born in Hawaii. His father was a Japanese National. He and his mother were in Hiroshima on the day of the atomic omb. Their home was destroyed, but they escaped mostly unharmed. They rejoined their family in the U.S. in 1949. Ouye grew up in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. He attended UCLA, the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology and ultimately UC Berkeley, where he obtained a Ph.D. In Architecture and Planning. He went on to work as a corporate workplace consultant and researcher. He transitioned in 2012 to focus full time on his passion, art. Most recently he is painting abstract figures relating to the Asian American experience. He and his wife, Elaine Mackoff, moved full time to Pacific Grove in about 2010.
Jerry Takigawa
Jerry Takigawa is an independent photographer, designer, and writer. His photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally. He has been the recipient of a variety of photography prizes and awards including the Imogen Cunningham Award, a Santa Fe Prize nomination, two Prix Pictet nominations, Critical Mass Top 50, The Clarence John Laughlin Award, LensCulture Fine Art Photography Awards Finalist; New York Center for Photographic Art,Humans, First Place, CENTER Awards Curator’s Choice—First Place. His work is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Crocker Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, and the Monterey Museum of Art. He studied photography with Don Worth at San Francisco State University and received a degree in art with an emphasis in painting. Takigawa lives and works in Carmel Valley, California.