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Okinawan photo exhibit at Cornell

“Okinawa Soul: Photographs by Ishikawa Mao” will be on display through Friday, March 24, in the John Hartell Gallery of Sibley Hall, on the campus of Cornell University in Ithaca.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; an opening reception, to which the public is invited, will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 15.

“Okinawa Soul” features three decades of photographs by Ishikawa Mao, who has focused her lens on the complexities of life in Okinawa under the long shadow of United States and Japanese rule and military presence.

She has photographed a wide range of subjects including military personnel, local fishermen, Filipino dancers, a folk theater company, and elderly members of a community who have struggled for a decade to stop construction of a new air base in their rural village.

Many subjects are shown in private and often vulnerable moments as quietly but powerfully, her photographs convey her subjects' voices –telling stories of Okinawan life that are too often lost in dominant representations of the contemporary situation and history of this small island territory.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Society for the Humanities, the Clarke Program in East Asian Law and Culture, and the East Asia Program.

Additional funding is provided by Department of the History of Art, Department of Art, Department of Developmental Sociology, Polson Institute for Global Development, the Gender and Global Change Program, the Peace Studies Program and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Several programs have been planned in conjunction with the exhibit. For details, e-mail Nakamori Yasufumi at; or Kelly Dietz at (607) 277-9210 or