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Leslie Hossack, Large Barn, Site of Tashme Internment Camp, Sunshine Valley, British Columbia

Leslie Hossack, Large Barn, Site of Tashme Internment Camp, Sunshine Valley, British Columbia (2013), colour photograph [Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby BC, Apr 11-Jun 7]

Leslie Hossack: Registered

Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
Burnaby BC – Apr 11-Jun 7, 2015

The title of this exhibition refers to a Canadian government directive that had 22,000 Japanese-Canadian adults reporting to the RCMP for interrogation – not after Imperial Japan’s December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, as is widely believed, but before that. The result of these interrogations, apart from humiliation, was the issuing of registration cards, some of which form a discrete installation in the Registered exhibition.

Another of the installations is devoted to a selection of clippings from Vancouver newspapers in the 1940s, where yet further instances of humiliation are “registered” – this time in the form of editorial opinion, but most cruelly in “objective fact.” The third part of the exhibit comprises Leslie Hossack’s interpretive colour photographs of relevant British Columbia buildings.

It is in these buildings that the story played out – those on Vancouver’s Powell Street (Japantown’s main drag), the old RCMP Fairmont Barracks at 33rd Avenue and Heather Street (from which Orders-in-Council under the War Measures Act were issued) and the Japanese internment camp near Hope, BC.

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Michael Turner

Leslie Hossack, T. Maikawa Store, Powell Street, Vancouver

Leslie Hossack, T. Maikawa Store, Powell Street, Vancouver (2013), colour photograph [Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby BC, Apr 11-Jun 7]

Leslie Hossack, Tamura Building, Powell Street, Vancouver
Leslie Hossack, Tamura Building, Powell Street, Vancouver (2013), colour photograph [Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre, Burnaby BC, Apr 11-Jun 7]


 Tue, Apr 7, 2015