Renee Billingslea
Ten Japanese-American Concentration Camps

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DATES: February 8 - April 29, 2020

RECEPTION: February 7, 2020 6:00-8:00 p.m.

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Ten Japanese-American Concentration Camps is a photo documentation project by noted artist/documentarian Renee Billingslea that examines Executive Order 9066 and its impact on contemporary society and the environment. Through the artist’s photos, juxtaposing the current and mostly abandoned sites of the former Japanese incarceration camps, with stitched in photographs of the camps in use 75 years ago, she draws a connection between the history of “then” with the repeated violations of “now.” In this way, Billingslea hopes to remind us that this is a shared history that is often left at the margins of the American psyche in an effort to distance ourselves from it. Although these events had a disproportionate impact on Japanese Americans, we all bear the responsibility of remembering and understanding our agency so that history will not repeat itself.

Photographer, teacher and mixed media artist, Renee Billingslea received her Masters’ of Fine Art from San Jose State University and her Bachelor of Fine Art from Southern Oregon University. Her interest in folk-art, issues of social justice combined with her privilege as a white female living in the United States she uses her art practice to tell stories of traumatic marginalization. Billingslea is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art and Art history. She exhibits her work nationally and internationally.