SECCA Presents Staged Reading of WWII Pacific Engagement Veterans’ Stories
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 6, 2019)—The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) will present Archives Aflame: Voices from the World War II Pacific Engagement, a staged reading of veterans’ stories, on March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. The reading will be held in the Overlook Gallery at SECCA, which is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem. This event is free and open to the public.
In conjunction with exhibition Archives Aflame: Works by Kei Ito and Andrew Paul Keiper
This staged reading has been developed specifically in response to the exhibition Archives Aflame: Works by Kei Ito and Andrew Paul Keiper, which will be on display at SECCA from March 23 through May 5, 2019. The reading is directed by Cyndi Briggs, PhD, from transcripts of oral histories she has collected and is being developed in collaboration with Brook Davis, PhD, Department of Theatre and Dance at Wake Forest University. It will be performed by professional actors who will work with veterans to create vignettes. Dr. Briggs has captured oral history narratives by World War II veterans and has facilitated readings of these stories around the state. The goal of this project is for our community to have a greater understanding of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and to contemplate the wide-reaching effects that nuclear warfare continues to have on our society. The threat of nuclear engagement is part of our past, present and future, and a much larger audience should be aware of the very personal toll that is has taken.
About the Exhibition: Archives Aflame: Works by Kei Ito and Andrew Paul Keiper
Archives Aflame: Works by Kei Ito and Andrew Paul Keiper is a multi-media exhibition of the work of Andrew Paul Keiper and Kei Ito, whose collaboration probes the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and their intertwined family histories. Ito’s grandfather witnessed the explosion of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima that killed his family, while Keiper’s grandfather was an engineer who contributed to the effort to develop the bomb. Their collaboration grapples with this history while asserting its pertinence to a contemporary audience living in an increasingly unstable political landscape.
Archives Aflame includes 108 human-scale photograms made using sunlight, light-sensitive paper and Ito’s body evoking those lost in the bombing and a 4-channel sound work that portrays the places and processes of the bomb’s production and includes field recordings made at atomic heritage sites in New Mexico and Chicago. In addition to this component, SECCA’s exhibition will include additional projects by the artists, including Ash Lexicon, a display of 108 film canisters from the 1940s filled with ash from a burnt Japanese dictionary.
SECCA is free and open to the public Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
About Andrew Paul Keiper
Andrew Paul Keiper is an artist and educator based in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is faculty in the Animation and Film programs at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). His recent work addresses themes including the legacy of nuclear weaponry, race, and white supremacy in Baltimore, and the frontier between sound art and experimental music. Keiper’s art has spanned the gamut from painting and woodworking to video and performance, but currently he primarily produces sound-based work. Keiper received his BFA in painting from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2002 and his MFA from MICA’s Photographic and Electronic Media program in 2016. He taught at St. Mary’s College of Maryland for over seven years, preceding his time at MICA, and worked extensively with thesis students, which continues to be a focus of his pedagogy. Keiper has exhibited in Baltimore, New York City, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Ohio, and Washington, DC. In the summer of 2016, he was an Artscape Sondheim Prize semifinalist, and was selected, along with his collaborator Kei Ito, to show in the Maryland Art Place Young Gun showcase exhibition. In the fall of 2016, Keiper won a Rubys Artist Project Grant with his collaborator Kei Ito to produce an epic scale work called Afterimage Requiem. Keiper and Ito exhibited this work in January 2018 at the Baltimore War Memorial. The exhibition received coverage from the Washington Post Magazine, the BBC and the Baltimore Sun, among other media outlets.
About Kei Ito
Kei Ito is a conceptual photographer working primarily with camera-less image making and installation art. Ito earned his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2016, following his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014. Ito’s work addresses issues of deep loss and intergenerational connection as he explores the materiality and experimental processes of photography. His work deals with trauma and legacy passed down from his late grandfather, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and a later anti-nuclear activist, in relation to current threats of nuclear disaster. Ito’s artworks lead the audience on a journey from grief and remembrance to hope. Through his ritualistic image-making, the audience sees how he grapples with his family’s historical connection to nuclear weapons and power. Thus, Ito’s art serves as an intermediary, a memento of his grandfather, and his own experience in today’s nuclear climate. His recent exhibitions include: Afterimage Requiem at the Baltimore War Memorial funded by the Rubys Artist grant; an art billboard project in NYC funded by 14×48.org art billboard organization; Only What We Can Carry, a solo show at the Hillyer Art Space in Washington DC, a solo exhibition hosted by Noorderlicht in the Netherlands, and he is one of the participants of 2018 FOTOFOCUS Biennial in Cincinnati. Ito’s works have been collected by major art institutions including: the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL; the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, FL; the California Institute of Integral Studies/Chroma in San Francisco, CA; En Foco in the Bronx, NY; and the Nikon Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum boldly giving artists of the region a platform for visibility while connecting local communities with the international world of contemporary art. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours, please visit secca.org. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit ncdcr.gov.
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