BARBARA JOHNS at Folio
Co-presented with Folio and Densho.
Takuichi Fujii (1891-1964) left Japan in 1906 to make his home in Seattle, where he established a business, started a family, and began his artistic practice. When war broke out between the United States and Japan, he and his family were incarcerated along with the more than 100,000 ethnic Japanese located on the West Coast. Sent to Minidoka in Idaho, Fujii documented his daily experiences in words and art. Art historian Barbara Johns' new book, The Hope of Another Spring: Takuichi Fujii, Artist and Wartime Witness (University of Washington Press) reveals the rare find of a large and heretofore unknown collection of art produced during World War II. Johns presents Takuichi Fujii's life story and his artistic achievements within the social and political context of the time. Sandy Kita, the artist's grandson, provides translations and an introduction to Fujii's illustrated diary.