In addition to the ongoing Felon: An American Washi Tale theater piece, renowed visual artist Kyoko Ibe and ACC Alumni Elise Thoron (ACC 2008, 2010) will be holding an artists' conversation on the launch of their new book The Way of Washi Tales which documents the decade-long cross-cultural exchange and perfomances that ACC has initiated with Thoron's fellowship and includes work of several other ACC Alumni: Karen Kandel (ACC 2006), Sonoko Soeda (ACC 2008, 2009), Shonosuke Okura (ACC 2000), and Makiko Sakurai (ACC 1993, 1995, 2005). 

The Way of Washi Tales explains the story of cross-collaborative cultures, how washi and the rich history of the craft informes theater artists' performances, and results in deep personal bonds and experiences. Composed of over two hundred photographs, this fascinating book explores long-term cultural exchange, from bilingual perfomance challenges to the rewards of building a "washi family". Through personal essays, Ibe and Thoron reflect on how a simple natural material, washi, has shaped Japanese culture but also in changing the trajectory of their lives. 

The book will be published by The Legacy Press at the end of February. The Way of Washi Tales describes the process of creating Washi Tales  and discusses the value and impact of ongoing cultural exchange and the complexities of working in two languages and sustaining work over time. 

Event Info:

February 23, 2023 | 6pm | Hurley Gallery, Lewis Arts Complex

This event is free and open to the public. Visit here for more information.