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Creativity Revealed with Kevin J. Miyazaki

November 6 | 7:00PM
Free Admission 

In his “Camp Home” series, photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki documented the reuse of buildings from the Tule La‚Äčke and Heart Mountain Japanese internment camps where members of his family were incarcerated during World War ll.

Through this body of work Kevin sought traces of family history -- both his own and that of the current building owners -- and time was often spent sharing different, but uniquely American stories. Family histories intersect and are connected by the history of these buildings, and by the lives lived within their walls.

During this “Creativity Revealed” conversation, Kevin shares the creative process behind this series, including how he searched for the buildings and approached their current owners to inquire about photographing the spaces in which they live.

Kevin Miyazaki is a photographer and educator based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He explores themes of family history and identity in his artwork through lenses of place and memory. His Camp Home series was recently featured alongside the work of Ansel Adams on the National Geographic website. Miyazaki’s publication clients include The New York Times, Travel + Leisure, Architectural Digest, Delta Airlines, AARP and Martha Stewart Living.

Guest host Rob Walcott is a photographer from Holland, Mi. Starting his work in photography in 2001, Rob has been a portrait photographer, commercial photographer, has designed photo booths, created images as art work, managed social media, and has taught photography both privately and at the local high school.

As a professional photographer Walcott is curious about the shifting meaning and ambiguity of the image as the medium of photography continues to rapidly evolve in flexibility, availability, and mutability as a tool of human conversation and expression. More than the photograph, he is interested in the augmentation and limitations of being human, for which photography has made a fine point of entry.

In partnership with Big Read Holland Area, a Hope College program, is a month-long community-wide reading program that takes place each year in the Holland area. It is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts “Big Read” program.  This year, The Big Read Holland Area has chosen Julie Otsuka’s When the Emperor Was Divine.

When the Emperor Was Divine transports readers to 1942, as it tells the story of Japanese-American internment from five points of view. The book invites readers to consider the troubling moral and civic questions that emerge from this period in American history such as being labeled as “other” or “criminal” in your homeland, coping with loss of home and community, reinventing one’s identity, issues of loyalty to country versus self or family.

Sponsored by the Saugatuck-Douglas Art Club.