Your Name is safe
Your Name is Safe, You Can Rest Now is a letter to my great-uncle Rikio who died in WWII explaining the impact that his death had on our family for generations. Every household in my family had this photograph of his funeral on their butsudan, a Buddhist home altar. Rikio fought in the US Army Infantry 442nd Regiment which consisted almost entirely of second-generation Japanese-Americans, and holds the record of being the most highly decorated unit in US Military History. While Rikio and others from Hawaii fought for the US, our family members on the Mainland were held in internment camps. Rikio was the youngest of my grandmother's siblings, and was killed in action in 1944 at the age of 20.
The structure is a variation of the Panorama book developed by Hedi Kyle. Banners and photos are inkjet on Niyodo and Epson matte photo paper. Panels are elephant hide paper with a Canson Colorlines non-adhesive removable cover. Typeset in Diotima. Signed and numbered edition of 18.
Your Name is Safe, You Can Rest Now
Coyote Bones Press, 2018
Panorama variation; Inkjet on paper; Edition of 18
5.75”x10” (closed); 10”x38” (open)
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*Now on view at The Book as Place: Visions of the Built Environment an exhibition of Artists’ Books curated by Julie Chen at The Environmental Design Library at UC Berkeley, CA through May 17, 2019