One Hundred Views of Kesennuma: Paintings of Japan’s Altered Landscape
“I’m trying to give you a sense of what it feels like to stand on a hill, looking out across a landscape of destruction. I want to commemorate what was lost but also say to the victims and survivors, ‘Your painful experience will not be forgotten.’ Art can serve a purpose, to help us remember.”
Drawing on his own experience of survival, Bosnian-born painter Amer Kobašlija responds to the devastation caused by the tsunami that hit the Tôhoku region of Japan in 2011. Originally from Banjaluka, Bosnia, Kobašlija fled the war-ravaged country in 1993 arriving to a refugee camp in Nuremberg, Germany. In 1997, Kobašlija’s family was offered asylum by the United States. He completed B.F.A. in Printmaking at the Ringling College of Art and Design and M.F.A. in Painting at Montclair State University. Kobašlija has held numerous one-person exhibitions in New York City, Paris, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and Miami. He is the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and Guggenheim Fellowship, amongst many others.
Presented by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design and the Center for Japanese Studies
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