Prisoner of Love, an installation by Karen Atkinson

“Prisoner of Love” is a multi media installation with a projection of a 41 minute Director movie on a glow in the dark screen made by the artist.  There are bus benches for comfortable seating, and a sound track with multiple interviews, music and sound.  When the images are projected on a glow in the dark screen, it charges the screen so that when the image changes, it leaves a trace of the image before it, often affecting the image which comes next – in a way that history does the same.

“Prisoner of Love” is a multi layered story about the my great aunt and uncle, who were married illegally in 1934, in Tijuana, Mexico.  She was Caucasian (Danish American), he Japanese American.  They were included in the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.  Although my grandfather grew up with a Japanese American as his best friend, when his sister married, she was shunned by her brothers and sisters.  When the local newspaper found out about their marriage a few years later, it hit the front pages of the local newspaper.  This project is a complex layering of stories, revealing the contradictions inherent in the lives of this once close knit family, and their subsequent “recovery” from extreme bouts of racism.

Prisoner of Love, an installation by Karen Atkinson

Prisoner of Love, an installation by Karen Atkinson

Prisoner of Love, an installation by Karen Atkinson

Prisoner of Love, an installation by Karen Atkinson

Prisoner of Love, an installation by Karen Atkinson

Prisoner of Love, an installation by Karen Atkinson

Prisoner of Love, an installation by Karen Atkinson

  Prisoner of Love, an installation by Karen Atkinson, installation detail (rotating playing card/fortune telling card) installed by each bus bench.

Prisoner of Love, an installation by Karen Atkinson, installation detail (rotating playing card/fortune telling card) installed by each bus bench.

Prisoner of Love, an installation by Karen Atkinson exhibition invite