The Weight of What Cannot be Remembered, Open Studio, February 15 – March 17, 2018

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Solo exhibition, Open Studio, 401 Richmond Street West, Suite #104, Toronto, ON

Opening Reception: February 15, 2018

"This is a library, of sorts. Rather than stories written on paper and bound into books, this library, by Toronto-based artist Emma Nishimura, captures the fleeting nature of family memories. Nishimura cares for these memories, visually wrapping them like furoshiki, a traditional Japanese bundle used to contain food and gifts. The stories here—memories of the experience and effects of the uprooting, exile and internment of 22,000 Japanese Canadians during the Second World War—are sensitive; Nishimura’s use of the furoshiki underscores a need for caretaking of these narratives and their people." To continue reading the essay by Heather Read, please click here to download the brochure.

Passé Inaperçu, Biennale Internationale du Lin de Portneuf, June 17 – October 1, 2017

Moulin de La Chevrotière. 109, rue De Chavigny, Deschambault-Grondines, QC.

"Nineteen artists use thread, fabric, paper and other materials known for their fragility to tell stories of disappearance, well-kept secrets or ignored realities. The creators were invited to break momentarily with the usual patterns of memory, to linger on the innocuous, discreet, and what has passed or will go unnoticed." Continue reading press release here.

Re-enact, MacLaren Art Centre, July 6 - October 29, 2017

Group exhibition, curated by Renée van der Avoird. The Janice Laking Gallery, MacLaren Art Centre. 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, ON.

"Re-enact explores how six Canadian artists interpret, commemorate and renegotiate moments of the past. Collectively, their works open up spaces for empowerment through imagination, sharpening our awareness of historical bias. Challenging the authority of historical narratives, their projects pose questions about representation—and reconciliation—in the future." Continue reading press release here. Or read the exhibition brochure here.

MacLaren Art Centre

Unfolding the Map, Constellation Studios, March 3 - May 20, 2017

Group exhibition, curated by Karen Kunc. Constellation Studios. 2055 O Street, Lincoln, NE

"7 women printmakers reference maps and mapping using symbolic conventions of space and visual cues from the world of information, printed matter, and inherited narratives. The works investigate visual cacophony and information loss, imagined spaces, shifting climatic conditions, and where the journey is the destination." Continue reading press release here.

Constellation Studios

Read a review of the show: Lincoln Journal Star

An Archive of Rememory, Arts at CIIS, March 25 – May 5, 2017

Solo exhibition, curated by Tomiko Jones. Desai Matta Gallery, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

In this pair of solo exhibitions, artists Emma Nishimura and Neil Chowdury listen closely for whispers that illuminate their family stories, and in the process point to larger narratives of colonization, migration, and adaptation through the diasporic experience.” Continue reading press release here.

Arts at CIIS

International Academic Printmaking Alliance Invitational Exhibition, Beijing Taimiao Art Gallery, September 2016 – December 2017

Group exhibition including artists from more than 28 countries and regions. The exhibition is traveling within China - venues include: Beijing Taimiao Art Gallery, Nanjing Jinling Art Museum, Tianjin Art Museum, Shijiazhuang Art Museum, Shenzhen Guanlan Original Printmaking Museum, China.

Participating Canadian artists (curated by Mark Bovey) include: Derek Michael Besant, Briar Craig, Guy Langevin, Liz Ingram, Sean Caulfield, Ericka Walker, Joscelyn Gardner, Emma Nishimura, Elmyna Bouchard and Mark Bovey.

International Academic Printmaking Alliance Invitational Exhibition

Absence in Remembrance; The Japanese Canadian Internment. Franc Gallery, June 17 – July 16, 2016

Group exhibition, curated by Kristine Olson (an MA Candidate in Critical and Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia). Franc Gallery, Vancouver, BC.

"Absence in Remembrance centres on the remembrance and commemoration of the experience and legacy of the Japanese Canadian Internment, which began in British Columbia and unfolded across Canada during World War II. At a generational remove from the internment experience, each artist has come to know and “remember” the experience indirectly through different encounters and means, including oral testimonies, family photographs, novels, and archival research." Continue reading press release here.

Franc Gallery