About Charissa Uemura
Charissa Uemura is a documentary photographer who has worked in the Twin
Cities for the last 15 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Journalism from
Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
Her work has appeared in:
- American Theater magazine
- A. magazine
- Colors magazine
- Journal of the Asian American Renaissance
Performing Asian America” by Josephine Lee
Bold Words” edited by Rajini Srikanth and Esther Y. Iwanaga.
She has exhibited work at:
- Center for Independent Artists/El Colegio gallery
- Babylon Art and Cultural Center
- Minnesota History Center (for
the Day of Remembrance celebration in 2000)
- Chalmer-Davee Library, UW- River Falls
- Katherine Nash Gallery
Personal projects, exhibits and grants:
Rhythmic Spirit - In May 2003 the Center for Independent Artists
in Minneapolis presented a solo exhibit of Charissa’s work documenting
the lives of women who practice the traditionally male-dominated
art of Japanese taiko
drumming. The exhibit was made possible in part by funds provided
by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from and appropriation
by the MN Legislature.
Stories from Both Sides of the Barbed Wire - Charissa and collaborating
artist/writer Joyce Yamamoto received a 1999
Jerome Foundation Travel and Study grant to photograph the sites of
Japanese American Internment camps built on the Gila River Indian Reservation
in Arizona during WWII, and to interview
internees and Pima people who remembered that time.
Past Becoming Future - She received a 1993 Film in the Cities/McKnight
Foundation Fellowship to create a family history
photographing her grandparents’ hometowns
and families in Japan.