Professor Rea Tajiri will be giving an online talk on Saturday, November 7th at SouthSide Projections, following a screening of her film History and Memory: For Akiko and Takashige at 7pm. In the second part of the event, Rea Tajiri and her nephew, Vince Schleitwiler, will present Vince Tajiri: Chicago in Black and White, a collection of photographs of resettled Japanese Americans in Chicago after WWII.
About the collection, Professor Tajiri shares:
These images constitute part of a body of work created by my father Vince Tajiri, who was attempting to publish a book of these images before he was hired to be the photography editor for Playboy in 1953. I grew up surrounded by many of the print outtakes of this book that were scattered around the house. It is only recently that I have the context and a narrative to place these images. Our project will consider the circulation of images, their meaning across time, space and geographies. We are interested in forming an immersive environment for the viewer that will link to actual sites around Chicago.
The program will be streamed virtually on SouthSide Projection's Twitch (no account needed to stream the event, but those who wish to ask questions will need to register for a Twitch account).
For more information on the event, head to SouthSide Projections.
Opening November 9th, Professor Tajiri's film Lordville will be streaming as part of Afterlife (We Survive), an exhibition at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA).
Afterlife (We Survive) is a "new presentation of independent curator and scholar Thea Quiray Tagle’s series of transdisciplinary exhibitions that respond to the dire effects of environmental collapse, policing and surveillance, health disparities, and loss of homes and land on communities of color by exploring speculative and real modes of survival."
The exhibition will be accessible both virtually and in-person at YBCA. Rea Tajiri's artist page can be found here.
A previous iteration of this exhibition, Afterlife (What Remains), was reviewed in Hyperallergic.