Photographs copyright of Mark Kirchner
Opening last Sunday, February 1st, 2009, at the Soka University’ Founders Hall Art Gallery, Aliso Viejo, CA, is Mark Kirchners “Manzanar Pilgrimage – Photograhs from the Manzanar National Historic Site 1983-2008” exhibition. The exhibit runs through May 15th, with the artist reception on Thursday, February 12th, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.
On my first trip I spent five days walking and camping on the Manzanar site. Walking grids and sight lines, I found the land full of artifacts that had passed through time. The remains of old structures and gardens lay hidden in tumbleweeds and sagebrush. Acacia trees that had once been pruned with care stood silently like overgrown Bonsai. I discovered names and dates inscribed in concrete lying quietly as messages and memorials to a hidden past.
By Doug Stockdale
Update: A review of the exhibition has been posted on Photo Exhibit.