WENDY MARUYAMA

E.O. 9066 Series

On February 19, 1942, President Roosevelt, issued Executive Order 9066 which authorized the internment of tens of thousands of American citizens of Japanese ancestry and resident aliens from Japan.

Maruyama’s first visual experience of this event was intially through the images of documentary photographers Dorothea Lange and Toyo Miyatake. Her family was directly affected by the evacuation: but little was mentioned of this by her mother, or grandparents. This chapter in her family history was heavily veiled: because of this, she avoided any association with this connection: partially out of suppressed anger, partially out of just wanting to move forward.