The Osaka Committee of CSCI, along with the Japan America Society of Chicago, the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago and the Japan External Trade Organization Chicago, is proud to present 絆 Kizuna 3: Unbroken Circle, the third phase of a multidimensional photography exhibition focusing on the bonds of friendship formed between the people of Japan and the people of Chicago following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The first two phases toured venues throughout Chicago in 2012 and 2013. Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois are serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the exhibition.
The exhibition will be showcased from March 10–21, 2014, at Richard J.Daley Center (50 W. Washington Street).
The professional and personal photographs in 絆Kizuna 3: Unbroken Circle illustrate that in the midst of great tragedy comes great hope and real connection. The exhibition features Chicagoans who are currently living and working in the recovering Tōhoku region and Tōhoku area students who have traveled to Chicago, capturing the connection’s effects on them. Finally, by highlighting the “Yarn Alive” group in Japan, the exhibition shows how the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami are extending help to others around the world, thereby growing the unbroken circle of hope and human connection. Specifically, the exhibition features:
- Commemorative photos provided by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun (Nikkei)
- Exchange and friendship photos personally provided by members of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and the Kakehashi Project
- Continued humanitarian aid photos provided by “Yarn Alive,” a humanitarian non-profit organization based in Tōhoku.
Associated programming includes an opening ceremony on Tuesday, March 11; a film screening on Wednesday, March 12; and an economic seminar on Thursday, March 13. For full information, please visit the main 絆 Kizuna 3 page.
絆 Kizuna 3: Unbroken Circle has been curated by Jamason Chen and is generously supported by Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Calumet Photographic; Chicago Kalbi; Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; Grant Thornton LLP; Hana to Yoko Florist; Hekiun Oda; Loyola University Chicago School of Communication; Matsutani America Inc.; Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd.; Mayumi Lake; and Nagle Photography.
絆 Kizuna 3: Unbroken Circle is made possible in part by the generous cooperation of Nikkei Inc. and is dedicated to The Nikkei’s collection Memory: Things We Should Never Forget.