09657A (Hirosawa Frank) AP

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09657A (Hirosawa Frank) AP

100.00

by Sarah Fukami

Photo-plate lithography, screen print, and laser-cut paper

10”h x 8”w

This series focuses on portraits taken by Ansel Adams at the Manzanar

concentration camp in California, commissioned by the War Relocation Authority

who oversaw the internment. Sarah utilized the National Archives to identify individuals portrayed by Adams. People were represented by letters and numbers—which reflected the disturbing reality of internment all too accurately. This data was collected and burned into the prints with a laser, physically representing the erasure and damage caused by this ideology. These alphanumeric codes are paired with patterns that obscure the image, which are derived from traditional Japanese textiles. Combined, they show the ways in which human beings were diminished to mere symbols of their culture—one to which many lawful citizens and ineligible aliens had long been estranged. Their direct gaze engages the viewer, asking them to see through these obstructions—even Adams’ gaze—to their innate humanity.

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