mumma_2The Lookout Art Gallery at South Central College is showing “Day of Remembrance: Photographs of the Japanese American Concentration Camps of WWII” through April 11.  The Lookout Art Gallery is located in room C-167 on South Central College’s North Mankato campus at 1920 Lee Boulevard (enter through door #8 on the west side of the campus). The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday.

The photographs are the work of Dr. Gina Mumma Wenger, Professor of Art at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The photographs document the spaces used for the internment camps established by President Franklin Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. The executive order called for the confinement of Japanese Americans after the Japanese government’s attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 officially drew the United States into World War II.

The exhibition marks the 72nd “Day of Remembrance” to honor the memory of those who lost so much and illustrate an American tragedy that forever changed people’s lives and still impacts generations. The photographs document the loneliness and desolation felt by the Japanese American community through the harsh physical beauty of the environment enhanced only by infrared technology.

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