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21 Oct – 5 Nov 2021


Nexus Gallery


All Ages


Exhibition Opening Times

Tue - Fri (9am - 5pm)

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Adelaide Premiere | Australia | Japan

“At a time where photos in the billions are scrolled and glanced at briefly every day, project Untitled.Showa will be an opportunity to look and reflect on the stories that unfold behind each of the photos.” SBS

When visiting a flea market on the outskirts of Daylesford, Victoria in 2015, Japanese Australian artist Mayu Kanamori stumbled upon an intriguing mystery.

Inside a pile of bulky envelopes, she discovered a collection of over 300 beautiful handprinted family photographs taken during Japan’s Showa period (1926 through 1989). Who were the people in the photographs? And who did they belong to?

An evolving and interactive exhibition aimed at reuniting the photos with their rightful owner, Untitled.Showa is a revealing window into the universality of love, memory and photography. Featuring video archives, music by Satsuki Odamura and a performance video work by Yumi Umiumare, audiences are invited to participate in the search via onsite records and help unravel the mystery of this unfolding contemporary story.

Visit the Untitled.Showa website to join in the search


Untitled.Showa workshops are designed to facilitate understandings of family, vernacular photographs and found photography as an artform. Participants will find out more about the Untitled.Showa collection, respond creatively to it and take part in solving a historic puzzle to collectively (re)unite the photographs with the subjects, their families or the copyright holder. Facilitated by Mayu Kanamori.

Due to the current situation interstate with COVID-19, these workshops will now be held online via Zoom.

Thu 21 Oct 11-1pm & 2:20-4:30pm
Fri 22 Oct 11-1pm & 2:20-4:30pm


Facilitating artist (Sydney): Mayu Kanamori
Curator (Sydney): Sandy Edwards
Web master, developer, and designer (Sydney): Chie Muraoka
Facilitating artist (Osaka): Colin Smith
Coordinator (Osaka): Hiroyo Kondo


Presented by Adelaide Festival Centre's OzAsia Festival