Call for participants for Performance Art

KIZUNA (HC-Nikkei), Postcard-Front, 2017

Artist Yoriko Gillard asks…

“How do we live in relation to other people? I cry when reading/listening/learning of the injustices committed against people of Japanese ancestry in Canadian history. I relate to these people and their situation in my mental space vividly.

This space is my private and public space and it overlaps with my liminal space, where I try to understand this world. Reciprocal relationships among artists and audiences evoke and merge humanity, and by sharing our stories, we can cultivate our feelings of trust more deeply.

This is called kizuna in Japanese.”

Mergine is the Center, floor shot


Yoriko Gillard is an artist, poet, researcher, teacher, and social activist trying to understand humanity through contemporary art practices.

On Saturday October 28th 2017 (1-4pm) and Saturday January 13th 2018 (1-4pm) at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, Yoriko would like to gather willing participants from Nikkei community to be a part of her artwork and possibly receive an honorary haircut as part of her respective performance, Kizuna, to Japanese history in Canada.

For more information about Kizuna, please visit the performance event page


Mathew (b)


Call for participants

Yoriko Gillard is looking for Japanese Canadians who have experienced incarceration during 1942-1949, their descendants, and family members who have heard stories from those who experienced this injustice. She would like to learn and listen to your story first in written form to start our dialogue.

If you are interested in sharing your story, please send in a short statement (could be a story, poem, or written paragraph) about your personal or family connection to the Japanese Canadian incarceration to Yoriko. With this statement, please submit your current photo (1) and if possible, photos (1 or more) from the past linked to the incarceration (this could be any photos of you, your family, land, house, and other belongings you want to share).

Please see the more detailed description of the submission process below.



1) Performance: Saturday, October 28th 2017 (1-4pm) 

– Gathering willing participants (August-September)

– Submission Deadline: October 21st (midnight)


2) Performance: Saturday, January 13th 2018 (1-4pm)

– Gathering willing participants (October-November)

– Submission Deadline: November 30th(midnight)


  1. Read the artist statement and advertisement carefully.
  2. Submit a short statement (could be a story, poem, or paragraph) linked to Japanese Canadian incarceration, photos and a consent form to the artist ( by the deadline.
  3. The artist, Yoriko Gillard will contact you via email for further communication.
  4. On the day of the performance, all applicants will join in the performance.If you are selected that day, your hair will be cut in front of the audience. Please note: Uncertainty of life is part of the concept for this art practice.Not everyone will be selected on thisday to commemorate the helplessness Japanese Canadian felt during the incarceration process.
  5. Please send email to for any questions you may have.


This event is part of the Nikkei National Museum’s Hastings Park 1942 exhibit program. 


In early 1942, over 8,000 Japanese Canadians were incarcerated at Hastings Park in East Vancouver before being sent to internment sites in the BC interior or to work camps across the country.  The Hastings Park 1942 exhibit (September 30, 2017 – January 13, 2018) is a collaboration with performance artist Yoshié Bancroft, to produce an experiential, dramatic glimpse into that tragic episode of Canada’s history. 

To find out more about the Hastings Park 1942 exhibit and other programming, please visit our exhibit page.