Mia Danielle Sakamoto (2022): pressure cooker "syndrome" (Image # 001)
This body of work consists of an accordion book, an edition of ten prints, and a series of seven individual prints. My prints explore some of the experiences of Japanese Americans during World War II. I sourced reference imagery from the 1940s and focused on photographs of my great-grandfather, Sam Sakamoto, who fought in the 100th and 442nd regimental combat team. I wanted to recreate a feeling of alienation and surveillance by bordering the series with images of watch towers and by separating the viewer from the Internment camps with images of a barbed wired fence. While many Japanese Americans at the time demonstrated with silence and gaman (enduring the unbearable with patience and dignity), I wanted to create art that speaks openly about this painful chapter of American History. I hope that viewers are invited to think about bicultural identity and observe how art can shift the perspectives of American culture and history.