July 20th — August 11th
Opening Reception- Thursday July 20th 6-9PM
PERPETUAL IRRELEVANCE reflects on Masahiro Sugano’s filmography without having to screen a single film. At 45 years old, Sugano’s filmmaking career covers his residency across 3 different countries, several genres and the creation of over 25 films. In this solo show, Sugano will exhibit artifacts from past film works constructed into a new satirical sculpture. Adjacent to the installation will be a wall of film stills while another wall offers an intricately hand drawn chart. With his sharpie, Sugano will sketch a timeline of significant and insignificant moments, thoughts, and life events that have influenced his filmmaking process.
At one point in my life, I earned $12.50/hour plus tip by making sushi. Yet I was never a sushi chef. I just made them through the guidance of a gay Chilean senior sushi chef who called me «Ay, Masakiro». My culinary career lasted less than two years. When I meet people (Americans of all colors), more likely than less they cannot figure out what to make of me — a Japanese dude doing something in the U.S. But their eyes light up and the apprehension dissipates when I say I used to make sushi. Sushi is absolutely irrelevant to me but to this day it defines me. I fear sometimes that my filmmaking existence is as irrelevant to America. This show is about the stuff I have been doing over 25 years and will be doing until the moment I die.
Masahiro Sugano, a Sundance Film Festival alumni, is an award winning filmmaker whose accolades stretch from a Student Academy Award nomination in 1997 to the 2016 Documentary Award given by the National Asian American Journalists Association. Through his media lab Studio Revolt, Sugano created short videos on the issue of Cambodian deportations. Continuing his narratives on deportation, Sugano received the 2013 Center for Asian American Media’s Innovation Fund for his series “Verses in Exile” which was broadcast PBS online. Sugano’s second feature CAMBODIAN SON is the winner of several awards including Best Documentary Award CAAMFEST 2014 and Special Jury Prize at Cultural Resistance Film Fest of Lebanon 2014. He earned a BA in philosophy from Cal State Northridge and an MFA in film/animation from the University of Illinois-Chicago. His film’s screen internationally, in cinemas, museums, schools and prisons. Sugano currently lives in Tacoma and is the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington Bothell where he teaches courses in art, filmmaking, and global studies.