One event on March 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm
One event on March 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm
One event on March 15, 2020 at 12:00 pm
One event on March 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm
One event on March 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm
Conversations on Conflict
an interactive work by artist Kiyomi Fukui
March 7 – 22, 2020
Open Saturdays and Sundays, noon – 5pm and by appointment
Dialogue with the Artist: Saturday, March 14th, 1 – 3pm
Closing Reception: Sunday, March 22nd, 3 – 5pm
FREE. All are welcome.
Conversations on Conflict is an interactive installation by artist Kiyomi Fukui Nannery taking place over three weekends at Flux Art Space in the Belmont Heights neighborhood of Long Beach, from March 7 – 22.
Kiyomi Fukui is a Japanese American, of Japanese and Korean descent. The Conversations on Conflict project originated with rich, complex dialogues between the artist and her father. They discussed conflict between countries, between people, and within themselves. They shared feelings of connection with—and sometimes deliberate disconnection from—cultural heritage, and the shifting, complicated sense of identity that arises because of this. While these topics seem specific to the artist, the issues that emerge are universal and timely.
During three weekends in March, participants are invited to share time with the artist, to fold origami cranes and to engage in conversation. This activity is intended, in the artist’s words, as a “hopeful prayer towards resolution for individuals and groups engaged in conflict.” Through this exchange we will
look at the subjective nature of historical (or personal) narrative and our evolving conceptions about who we are within it.
Through Conversations on Conflict, Kiyomi Fukui seeks to uncover and discuss challenging issues in a way that promotes cultural cohesion, rather than to perpetuate ignorance or avoidance. The folding of 1,000 cranes becomes a unifying and meditative action and, by the end of the project, creates a visible record of connection between people.
Flux Art Space
410 Termino Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90814
More About Conversations on Conflict, in the Artist’s Words:
Kiyomi is half Japanese and half Korean. Her grandfather moved to Japan from Korea during World War II and with each generation, her family loses more of its Korean heritage. There is a Japanese saying , “臭いものには蓋をする” or, “to put a lid on stinky stuff”. Growing up, the artist was acutely aware of the tension between the neighboring countries, but avoided discussions on the subject as a means of maintaining this silent equilibrium.
Resentment festers beneath the surface as Japan continues to downplay or deny aspects of its involvement in Korea. Just last year, the mayor of Osaka ended the city’s long-established sister city relationship with the city of San Francisco for not removing a Comfort Women monument, which was erected to commemorate the women forced into sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during the WWII. While we have no means of determining if the Japanese public intends to downplay this conflict, they are very much silent on the matter, which in turn empowers those who seek to alter the narrative for their own benefit.
Through this project, Kiyomi Fukui seeks to uncover and discuss challenging issues in a way that promotes cultural cohesion, rather than ignorance or avoidance. Conversations on Conflict consists of 1,000 paper cranes. Dialogue around the subject of Korean and Japanese histories between the artist and both Korean and Japanese acquaintances have been printed onto the surface of origami paper, offering a coded texture at first glance, only becoming legible upon closer examination.