Arts in Context

Austin artist confronts family ghosts with heartbreaking exhibition

Austin artist confronts family ghosts with heartbreaking exhibition

Editor's note: CultureMap is proud to present the latest installment in our partnership with KLRU's documentary series Arts In Context. The series explores the process of creation and what it's like to be a working artist in the Austin area. You can watch more stories at klru.org/artsincontext.

Austin artist Teruko Nimura does her part to add to our society’s collective memory while at the same time growing more in touch with her cultural roots.

In her exhibition “Residual,” Nimura uses mixed media to explore several ghosts that continue to haunt her, including a miniature replica of the Japanese internment camp her father, Taku Frank Nimura, was forced to live in.

After Taku died when she was 8, Nimura says she used art as a way to connect with her father and learn about her Japanese heritage. "Our connection to our past, our history, is lost almost," says Nimura. "It's a strange place to be, to be straddling two worlds."

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire, and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique — whether music, arts, or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Decibel, and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all.

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The artist examines her father's history in Japanese interment camps. Courtesy of KLRU/Arts in Context
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A piece from "Residual." Courtesy of KLRU Arts in Context
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