The Stamp Gallery Presents Teach Me How to Love This World: Kei Ito

By Editorial Team on October 17, 2022

Wed, 19 October 2022 - Sat, 10 December 2022

Kei Ito, Teach Me How To Love This World, projection.
Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, October 20
Reception at 5pm and Talk at 6:30pm

This fall, the Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, is pleased to present Teach Me How to Love This World, a multimedia installation by Baltimore-based artist Kei Ito. The exhibition examines the supposed dichotomy between peace and conflict through the lens of personal identity and inherited trauma. Ito, a third generation hibakusha (atomic bomb victim), utilizes the media of light and photography, as well as the history of WWII and the development of nuclear weapons, to reckon with past, present, and future apocalyptic disasters both natural and man-made. The central installation features dual projections which pair pronouns with nouns to produce a cycle of textual utterances such as “Your” “Blood”, “My” “Love”, and “Our” “Peace,” creating an endless thread of words that are both statements and questions. Although Ito’s practice originates from his own family history, the exhibition summons larger questions tied to the lineage of humanity itself: What is peace, and is it possible on a global scale? Is war an integral and inescapable part of our humanity?

Kei Ito is a visual artist working primarily in cameraless photography and installation art. His work addresses intergenerational loss and connections as he explores the materiality and experimental processes of photography. Fundamentally rooted in the trauma and legacy passed down from his late grandfather, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Ito’s practice meditates on the complexity of his identity and heritage by visualizing the invisible such as radiation, memory, life, and death. Many of Ito’s artworks transform both art and non-art spaces into temporal monuments.

Ito received his BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology followed by his MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and currently teaches at the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City. He has participated in residency programs nationwide, including the Studio at MASS MoCA (2021), the Denis Roussel Fellowship at the Center for Fine Art Photography (2021), and the Center for Photography at Woodstock (2019). His internationally recognized solo and group exhibitions have appeared in the Washington Post, Hyperallergic, BmoreArt, ArtMaze Magazine, and BBC Culture & Art. His works are included in major institutional collections such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Norton Museum of Art, the University of Maryland, and the Eskenazi Museum of Art.

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This exhibition and programming is supported by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org), University Libraries (lib.umd.edu) and The Department of Art (art.umd.edu)

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The Stamp Gallery at the University of Maryland is located at 1220B Adele H. Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland, College Park, MD.