Ideafest 2019

Translations: The art and life of Elizabeth Yeend Duer—Gyokushō 玉蕉


Daily – 10:00am - 4:00pm

Elizabeth Yeend Duer - Gyokusho - painted local indigenous wildflowers in the traditional Japanese style of Nihonga. One of the few Japanese-Canadians to escape internship during the Second World War, her works bridge time and culture. This exhibition showcases the movement of ideas, aesthetics, politics, and people between England, Japan and Victoria through the life and art of Duer, who immigrated to Victoria in 1940.

Exhibition curated by: Carolyn Butler Palmer (Legacy Chair in Modern and Contemporary Art of the Pacific Northwest, Art History & Visual Studies, University of Victoria), Mikiko Hirayama (Associate Professor of Asian Art History and Director of Asian Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati) and Janice Okada (B.A., M.M.St)

Feature event: Other faces of Nihonga

March 8 – 4:00pm - 8:00pm
March 9 – 11:00am - 3:00pm

Join artist Cindy Mochizuki in a collective embroidery and listening experience focusing on the racialized effects on women of Japanese descent in British Columbia. Visitors will work together with Mochizuki to embroider an image informed by historical references to Japanese Canadian women during and after World War II, while listening to audio recordings of interviews of Japanese Canadian women exploring issues of race, class, citizenship, nationhood and diaspora.

Presenter: Cindy Mochizuki, Vancouver-based contemporary artist, UVic Legacy Art Gallery

Organised by: Legacy Art Gallery