The Suitcase Project encompasses more than 40 photographs, 20 short documentaries, audio playback, and a catalogue featuring each photograph from the exhibit. 
Viewers are invited to consider how their family's journey has shaped them, while examining the items participants chose to pack for a journey unknown. The exhibit made its debut at the Nikkei National Museum in Burnaby, Canada in June 2018. It is currently touring and available for lease.
July 5-26, 2019
Duncan, BC, Canada | Arbutus Gallery, Cowichan Performing Arts Centre 

PUBLIC PROGRAMS
July 9, 5-8 pm | Opening celebration
Join the opening celebration for The Suitcase Project at the Arbutus Gallery, as members of the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society share song and dance.
July 18, 7-9 pm | Panel
In collaboration with the Cowichan Intercultural Society
A public panel and discussion exploring the issue of "global displacement."
July 26, 10 am-12 pm | 
In collaboration with the Cowichan Valley Museum and Archives
Learn about the University of Victoria's Landscapes of Injustice project, as presented by Michael Abe.
April 7, 2019*
Seattle, WA, USA | Wing Luke Museum
A pop up exhibit for Never Again is Now: The Art and Activism of Millennial Nikkei, presented by the Japanese American Citizens' League and Densho.
November 3, 2018*
Bellevue, WA, USA | Meydenbauer Convention Center
A pop up exhibit for Densho Dinner.
October 6, 2018*
Burnaby, BC, Canada | Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre
A pop up exhibit for NNMCC's annual Community Awards Dinner
June 18-Sept. 2, 2019
Burnaby, BC, Canada | Nikkei National Museum & Cultural Centre

PUBLIC PROGRAMS
June 16, 2 to 5 pm | Exhibit opening and reception
With special performance: Question 27, Question 28
The struggles and resilience Japanese American female incarcerees faced during the Second World War are woven through this play reading based on transcripts and oral histories from the US government’s “loyalty questionnaire.”
Written by Chay Yew, directed by Tamlyn Tomita, and featuring Laura Fukumoto, Jennifer Spence, Genevieve Fleming, and Yoshié Bancroft.
July 21, 2 to 5 pm | Tsukuroimono: 繕い物
Sewing workshop
Fix or revive a personal item to reuse and/or wear in this hand sewing workshop with Yoriko Gillard.
July 27, 10 am to 5 pm | Tashme bus tour
Visit the largest Japanese Canadian internment camp located in Tashme (now called Sunshine Valley), 14 miles southeast of Hope.
August 5 | Unpacking Our Histories
Community conversation
Unpack complex stories in this cross-generational, cross-cultural conversation at Vancouver’s Powell Street Festival.
August 11, 2 pm | What About Us?
Artist talk
Kayla Isomura and videographer Mark Yuen share how The Suitcase Project came together.

"Reminded me a lot of how I fleed my home to Canada. Thank you so much for putting this together, I'm in tears."
-A Russian refugee, 19/07/18
public speaking engagements.
A list of public programs, exhibit showings, and talks related to The Suitcase Project as presented by Kayla Isomura.
July 18, 2019 | Duncan, BC, Canada
Panel, Arbutus Gallery
April 7, 2019 | Seattle, WA, USA
Artist talk + panel, Wing Luke Museum
February 11, 2019 | Seattle, WA, USA
Guest lecture, University of Washington
January 23, 2019 | Vancouver, BC, Canada
Guest lecture, University of British Columbia
October 27, 2018 | Vancouver, BC, Canada
Artist talk, Heritage Fair at the Vancouver Japanese Language School
September 21, 2018 | Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Artist talk, Annual General Meeting for the National Association of Japanese Canadians
August 11, 2018 | Burnaby, BC, Canada
Artist talk, Nikkei National Museum
August 5, 2018 | Vancouver, BC, Canada
Community conversation, Powell Street Festival
July 21, 2018 | Vancouver, BC, Canada
Guest lecture, Simon Fraser University
July 6, 2018 | Twin Falls, ID, USA
Artist talk, Minidoka Pilgrimage
June 3, 2018 | Richmond, BC, Canada
Artist talk, Show and Share: The Things We Carry
March 9, 2018 | Vancouver, BC, Canada
Artist talk, Nikkei Artist Mixer
*Pop up mini exhibit
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