Karasawa Gallery featuring the Where Songs Surface exhibit

Where Songs Surface

Red Monkey cyanotype

Masako Miyazaki
A red monkey
Inkjet print, 30”×22”, 2019

Yoshimi Lee
Irokawa, La montagne
Inkjet Print, 60”x 88”, 2015


Artists Masako Miyazaki + Yoshimi Lee

March 18 - September 16, 2023

Masako Miyazaki and Yoshimi Lee work independently in the photographic medium, to connect time, place, and memory. With different origins and inspiration for their practice, their paths intersect with their mutual talent for storytelling to expand the narrative beyond what is visible.

This exhibit includes a heritage corner drawn from Nikkei National Museum's archives.

We are grateful for the support of the BC Arts Council, the Province of BC, Canada Council for the Arts, and CALQ.


3 月18 日から 9 月 16 日まで、写真家の宮崎雅子と李淑美による「詩が生まれる場所 」展を開催いたします。日本、カナダ、写真、そして物語を語るという共通点をもった 2 人のアーティストによる目に見えるものを超え、時間、場所、記憶を結びつける展示です。

3月22日より毎週水曜日は午前10時から夜9時まで開館いたしますので仕事の後や夕食後にご来館いただけます。入場料 $5。NNMCC会員・学生は無料。

The Artists

Masako Miyazaki

Miyazaki uses a parable of a monkey-monster from her country of birth to question our place within nature. She chooses organic processes and materials such as handmade paper and sunlight. She combines photos with poetry to stimulate the imagination.

Yoshimi Lee

Lee uses lived experience as raw material, with photography, video, and writing of place to explore themes linked to her identity as an uprooted woman. She contemplates her new home in Canada as a place of unquestioned acceptance. Born in France, Lee traces her origins to Korea as both her parents and family were Korean residents in Japan in their early years; Lee immigrated to Canada 10 years ago. She grew up in a multi-cultural environment of French, Japanese, and Korean, and had many opportunities to visit her family in Japan while growing up and was particularly close with her grandmother there. Masako Miyazaki was born in Tokyo and is currently living and working in Montreal. She migrated alone while carrying her Japanese identity, and built her new life in Canada because she “appreciated the diversity and generosity of Canadian culture”.

Online Opening Event

To celebrate the launch of Where Songs Surface : Uta ga umareru basho, we invited the public to join us for an online artists/curator talk on Saturday, April 15, 2023. View the webinar page here.

Support the Artists

Masako Miyazaki's photobook A Piece of Stone is available for purchase at our museum gift shop both in-store and online. Click here to browse.

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