internment camp

internment camp

WISDOM GONE WILD - LACMA Yellow

5d ago
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At 93, Rose Noda Tajiri is a time-traveler. In one moment it’s 1970 and she’s riding the 155 Sheridan Road Bus to the Art Institute of Chicago, two breaths later she’s in 1942 in a Poston Arizona internment camp barrack sweeping sand from the floorboards. Disparate geographies, slide against one another in a single sentence and within several minutes, we’ve travelled through Rose’s mind to three different states, through several decades and a war. In this manner, Rose is a history keeper, a subjective chronicler of Japanese American experience, whose non-linear access to key historical events are cued through her day-to-day encounters which spark reminiscences. In 1999 Rose was diagnosed with Vascular Dementia, from that point onward, her somewhat difficult relationship with her daughter Rea Tajiri, took a turn. Rea became her primary caregiver both long distance and locally. Facing the stigma of her mother’s ‘mental illness’ and her Japanese-American community’s preference for privacy Rea kept her mother’s condition very quiet. In recent years, the two have become more open journeying together away from a profound sense of loss towards an evolution of the notion of geriatric consciousness. Mother and daughter presently, work together to find meaning at the end of life in the co-creation of this film.