The Art of Gaman (meaning "to bear the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity") began as a book featuring arts and crafts made by 120,000 Japanese Americans held in internment camps during World War II. The book was written by Delphine Hirasuna, and featured more than 150 objects created by internees during their three and a half years of incarceration, along with an historical account of the camps supported by photographs by Ansel Adams, Clem Albers, and Dorothea Lange.
In 2006, the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco asked to mount an exhibition based on the book. We donated our services to stage this first-ever exhibition of these artifacts. The street display for the exhibition replicates the 1942 Evacuation Notice that ordered the entire Japanese American population on the West Coast into camps, with 500 hand-folded origami cranes forming the American flag. Inside, moveable panels were used to approximate the tar-paper-covered barracks that housed the internees, with the names of the 10 internment camps stenciled on the outside.
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