Gallery Talk: Miki Nitadori
November 21, 2013 11:00am-12:00pm
First Hawaiian Center
Paris-based, Maui-bred artist Miki Nitadori talks about her work in Reflect, her new exhibition at First Hawaiian Center.
Miki Nitadori grew up on Maui, and currently lives and works in Paris, France. She is interested in the subjects of identity, memory and community and is inspired by the Japanese immigration to Hawai‘i beginning at the end of the 19th century.
Her most recent body of work is based on a suitcase full of photographs from a Japanese-American family in Maui that had been discarded then salvaged by a friend, who then gave them to Nitadori in Paris. For Nitadori, the odyssey of the photographs in the suitcase carries a message from the past to the present generation: “Do not forget your ancestors and where you came from.”
Nitadori scanned, enlarged, sometimes cropped and manually transferred the images onto printed fabrics, which represent a diversity of cultural, traditional and symbolic patterns that reflect the environment and community.