Archives Aflame: Voices from World War II Pacific Engagement

This grant supports the project a staged reading of veterans’ stories and an Artists’ Talk for the project "Archives Aflame: Voices from World War II Pacific Engagement." The project was born from the experience of Kei Ito and Andrew Paul Keiper is the result of the intersection in the lives two randomly selected college roommates. This project is a multi-media exhibition featuring a large-scale visual and sound installation that probes the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and the artists’ intertwined family histories. Ito’s grandfather witnessed the explosion that killed his family, while Keiper’s grandfather was an engineer who contributed to the effort to develop the bomb. Their collaboration grapples with this history while asserting its pertinence to a contemporary audience living in an increasingly unstable political landscape.