By Christina Lee
SPA 250: Identity in the Hispanic World welcomed visual artist Eduardo Tokeshi for a class visit on November 5th. Tokeshi spoke about how he has channeled his identity conflict, as a Peruvian of Japanese heritage, into his art.
Tokeshi shared his visual productions of flags, which epitomize different moments in his life in which he wanted to assert his love for Perú while pointing out the conflicts in the country that caused him so much pain. Tokeshi also discussed the history of his family who landed in Perú in the 1920s and deeply experienced the effects of World War II. This led his parents’ decision not to teach Japanese to their children.
He explained that he became a visual artist because he found that in art, there was a universal language that transgressed, in part, the limitations he experienced due to his inability to understand Japanese. To further illustrate his experiences, he used an analogy that although his physical container was “sake” he was made of “pisco” and “Inca Kola” on the inside.
Eduardo Tokeshi’s visual art can be viewed on his website.