Glenn Kaino: Aki’s Market Opening Celebration
Japanese American National Museum
Jun. 30, 2023, 10:00 am
Join us for the opening day of Aki’s Market, a new and uniquely personal project by acclaimed multimedia artist and filmmaker Glenn Akira Kaino. Visit this new exhibition for free, explore the museum, and dance along to a performance by DJ Melo-D of the Beat Junkies.
Glenn Kaino: Aki’s Market is inspired by Akira and Sachiye Shiraishi’s small neighborhood market (1957–1970) in East Los Angeles. Created by artist Glenn Akira Kaino (Akira’s grandson and namesake), the exhibition explores the transgenerational trauma from the World War II Japanese American incarceration experience through the stories of Kaino, his family, and the community. It is also an interrogation of the American practice of displacement—collapsing almost 100 years of cultural subjugation into a spiritual, exploratory space from which the building blocks of peace might be discovered.
Through a virtual reality recreation of the store and an installation of a contemporary store with the same name, Glenn Kaino: Aki’s Market is an exhibition about collective memory where the archival bleeds into the imaginary and where the most advanced technology serves the most personal past.