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Coexistences: Interview with Maya Sekine

Discover the customs of Japan's indigenous people, the Ainu

Discover one of the many stories in the Coexistences: Portraits of Today’s Japan exhibition by documentary photographer Laura Liverani. One of the artist’s photo subjects, Maya Sekine, will join us for a conversation at The Japan Foundation, Sydney.

Sekine is of Ainu heritage, a student and a cultural promoter based in Tokyo. Her community and home is in Nibutani, a small village in the town of Biratori in Hokkaido, Japan. Nibutani’s population of around 400 people is of approximately 80% Ainu descent.

Sekine will be interviewed by Sally McLaren, a journalist and academic specialising in Japanese society and culture. The interview will reflect upon Sekine’s personal and collective experiences as a member of Japan’s indigenous population, and her experience as a photo subject for Liverani’s wider portrait series titled Ainu Neno An Ainu, meaning “Human-like Human”.

This talk is part of the event program for Coexistences: Portraits of Today’s Japan, a free exhibition on display at The Japan Foundation Gallery from April 12 to June 21, 2019.



Tuesday 21 May 2019 from 6.30pm to 7.30pm

Doors open 6pm



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