BeHere / 1942: A New Lens on the Japanese American Incarceration
May 7, 2022 – January 8, 2023
On May 9, 1942, the lives of Japanese Americans in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles were changed forever. They had until noon to dispose of their homes and possessions before being forcibly removed to concentration camps. Opening exactly 80 years later, BeHere / 1942: A New Lens on the Japanese American Incarceration mobilizes a variety of media forms to let visitors engage with this dark historical moment in new ways.
Created by the visionary Japanese media artist Masaki Fujihata, BeHere / 1942 comprises a selection of little-known photographs by Dorothea Lange and Russell Lee, some presented in hyper-enlarged form or reimagined as video, and two ground-breaking augmented reality installations in the Museum and on the JANM Plaza.