Artifacts of Loss: Crafting Survival in Japanese American Concentration Camps (Hardback)
  • Artifacts of Loss: Crafting Survival in Japanese American Concentration Camps (Hardback)

Artifacts of Loss: Crafting Survival in Japanese American Concentration Camps (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 15/02/2009
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From 1942 to 1946, as America prepared for war, 120,000 people of Japanese descent were forcibly interned in harsh desert camps across the American west. In Artifacts of Loss, Jane E. Dusselier looks at the lives of these internees through the lens of their art. These camp-made creations included flowers made with tissue paper and shells, wood carvings of pets left behind, furniture made from discarded apple crates, gardens grown next to their housinguanything to help alleviate the visual deprivation and isolation caused by their circumstances. Their crafts were also central in sustaining, re-forming, and inspiring new relationships. Creating, exhibiting, consuming, living with, and thinking about art became embedded in the everyday patterns of camp life and helped provide internees with sustenance for mental, emotional, and psychic survival. Dusselier urges her readers to consider these often overlooked folk crafts as meaningful political statements which are significant as material forms of protest and as representations of loss. She concludes briefly with a discussion of other displaced people around the globe today and the ways in which personal and group identity is reflected in similar creative ways.

Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813544076

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