CAMOUFLAGE NET PROJECT SERIES
The Camouflage Net Project has evolved from connecting the mass removal of Japanese Americans to the Muslim Ban in 2017, to connecting JA incarceration to that of asylum seekers at the US southern border, the history of JA prison camp labor to the contemporary prison labor industry, and the incarceration of JA children to that of asylum seekers and youth in the juvenile hall system.
First installed from August 3 to December 31, 2017, for the Seattle Center Sculpture Walk presented by City of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, the net, woven with kimono fabric, tented the underside of a glass-covered walkway. It responded to the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066, which incarcerated the artist’s family and community in prison camps through World War II. The piece was inspired by Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) who made tens of thousands of camouflage nets for the US Army at Santa Anita Assembly Center, and Manzanar and Gila River internment camps. Tamaribuchi’s intention was to connect her handiwork to that of her incarcerated community, while using traditional kimono fabric to send pride of heritage back in time to them. As camouflage protects people and objects and blends them into their surroundings, this piece represents a discrimination filter for today, through which we see the true nature of people as interconnected with each other and the world.