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'Memory of Eyes' photo exhibition looks back

Date Posted: 2012-05-04

Forty years after Okinawa was handed back to Japan by the United States, Okinawan photographic scenes are drawing attention in art circles in Japan, and now ten Okinawan photographers are showcasing their works at a ‘Memory of Eyes’ exhibition opening Tuesday.

Okinawan photographers are sometime called “hunter eyes” by the Japanese art world because they have been taking pictures before, during, and after World War II and the Battle of Okinawa, and on to the present. The ten who have organized the exhibition that starts May 8th and runs through May 20th at Ryubo Department Store in downtown Naha City have been watching the upheaval periods in Okinawa, and are using the 40th Anniversary of the Reversion to share their works.

The 10 say “we want a lot of people to see our works, pictures taken by Okinawans”. They want to show the changing of Okinawa to all generations. All members of this exhibition are Okinawan and most have been taking pictures of Okinawa since before the reversion in 1972. “We want as many as people as possible to have a chance to think of Okinawa more deeply when viewing our Okinawan works at the venue.”

The photographic artists are Yasuo Higa, Koushichi Taira, Kenshichi Heshiki, Mao Ishikawa, Toyomitsu Higa, Nobuo Miyara, Seishin Higa, Kazushi Iha, Anna Irei, and Linda Iha. The exhibition will be held on the 6th floor of Ryubo Department Store in the Naha Shimin Gallery from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through the 19th, and until 6 p.m. on the final day, May 20th. Entry is free to everyone.

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