April 4 – July 27, 2014 The Art of Survival- Ending the Turmoil of Tule Lake

The Art of Survival – Ending the Turmoil of Tule Lake

An exploration of the only Japanese American Segregation Center of WWII

Featuring the fine art photography of Hiroshi Watanabe

About The Exhibition – Art of Survival: Enduring the Turmoil of Tule Lake is a traveling exhibition probing the complexity of the Japanese American confinement site in Newell, California. It became the only officially designated segregation center during WWII and was ruled under martial law. Called Tule Lake, this location was the largest of the 10 confinement sites and, because anyone deemed a troublemaker by the federal government was relocated to Tule Lake, it ultimately housed people from all sites. Many of the people who were brought in under segregation were people who knew their rights had been egregiously undermined and were willing to stand up to the injustice. Accused of being disloyal, in their dissent, they were ironically acting in the most American way. The incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, most citizens of this nation, was a travesty; Tule Lake was exponentially disturbing.

Through haunting images of artifacts by fine art photographer Hiroshi Watanabe we glimpse into the lives of those who were held at Tule Lake and are encouraged to consider both the orchestration of life behind barbed wire and what it might have been like to live with constant turmoil and uncertainty. Oral histories allow us to hear varying views on some of the complex issues of Tule Lake in the voices of those held captive. And the art created both then and now, made from seemingly insignificant objects, beckons humility and connection.

There is no one story of Tule Lake. As many people as there were involved with Tule Lake reflect how many stories there are to be told. We invite you to participate in this exhibit, ponder the questions that will undoubtedly arise, and see how the story affects your own life. It is a beautiful and thought provoking presentation.

The Art of Survival has been made in cooperation with The Tule Lake Unit, WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument, the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and is funded by a Japanese American Confinement Sites grant.

The exhibition makes its debut at the Favell Museum in Klamath Falls, Oregon, April 4 – July 27, 2014. It will then travel for a minimum of two years. For information on hosting the exhibition please go to hosting on our website (artofsurvival.org) or contact Lexie Smith Kleibe at Exhibit Envoy (lexie@exhibitenvoy.org).

For more information on this project and Tule Lake Segregation Center, please go to artofsurvival.org