Artist Projects

Ruin Maps


Hirokazu Kosaka

For Ruin Maps, Kosaka asked 100 elders from the Los Angeles Japanese-American community to draw maps of their childhood communities from memory. Some of these participants were documented on digital video as they created their maps and related the stories of their upbringings. A selection of the maps was enlarged to 36 × 36 inches, and used as the basis for a series of woodcut prints produced with a master printer. Along with the edited video footage, these prints were exhibited at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles.

Project Updates

  • 2003: Ruin Maps premieres at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles

  • 2004: Ruin Maps is presented at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia