Kei Ito: Artist Talk
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Kei Ito: Artist Talk – Virtual Thursday, March 1st 5 pm MST Via Zoom The Center for Fine Art Photography and Gregory Allicar Museum of Art,
Kei Ito: Artist Talk – Virtual
Thursday, March 1st
5 pm MST
The Center for Fine Art Photography and Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, in collaboration with Asian Pacific American Cultural Center, welcome visiting artist Kei Ito for an artist talk in conjunction with the exhibition The Beginning, in the land around me.
Featuring five projects spanning 2020-2023, The Beginning, in the land around me centers on the artist’s own nuclear heritage as a third-generation hibakusha (atomic bomb victim). The exhibition surveys the shared pasts and traumas of those impacted by nuclear weapons and asks the questions: has war ever ended, and is the price for peace the same as that for wartime?
About the Artist
Kei Ito is a Japan-born visual artist working primarily with camera-less photography and installation art who is currently teaching at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in NYC. Ito’s work addresses issues of deep intergenerational loss and connections as he explores the materiality and experimental processes of photography. Ito’s work, fundamentally rooted in the trauma and legacy passed down from his late grandfather—a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima—meditates on the complexity of his identity and heritage through examining the past, current trajectories, and visualizing the invisible such as radiation, memory and life/death.
Ito has participated in a number of Artist in Residence programs nationwide including the Studio at MASS MoCA (2021), the Denis Roussel Fellowship at the Center for Fine Art Photography (2021), and the Center for Photography at Woodstock (2019). His internationally-recognized solo and group exhibitions can be read in reviews and articles published by the Washington Post, Hyperallergic, BmoreArt, ArtMaze Magazine, and BBC Culture & Art. His works are included in major institutional collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Norton Museum of Art, Chroma at California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Eskenazi Museum of Art.
(Wednesday) 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm