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«All You Can Carry» by Greg Ito at ICA, San Diego

March 12 – May 15 2022

Delving into his own family history, Greg Ito evaluates his relationship with his Japanese background, his present day life, and overcoming tragedy, fear, and hatred. His exhibition at ICA San Diego is a pilgrimage for visitors to experience his history through contemplation and the action of planting seeds that give new life. In All You Can Carry, Ito explores his family’s internment in the 1940s, a result of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s signing of Executive Order 9066 that incarcerated Japanese Americans on the west coast. Only allowed the belongings they could carry, Ito’s family members, amongst more than 120,000 people, were forced to determine which material objects were most important to them.


Presenting coded symbols found throughout his paintings, Ito provides metaphors for our connection to home and nature. He offers opportunities for the viewer to consider their own points of cultural and social access or prevention through keyholes; openings that are both visible, yet unattainable. Images of fire and flowers juxtapose loss with renewal. Giving light to his Japanese heritage, the red sun is a constant.

The exhibition begins with a series of paintings that directly reflect this symbology and history. In the second space, an installation of a home is surrounded by burnt wood planks, including the two suitcases internees were allowed to bring to the camps, accompanied by relics from his grandparents’ internment – a direct testament to their survival. As visitors depart the gallery and embark up the hill at ICA San Diego, visitors will come upon the foundational remains of a home from an internment camp. A bed of soil prepared for planting native wildflower seeds gives new life and renewal to your own reflective experience. Reviving his grandfather’s internment duties as the water station guard, Ito will complete the performative action by watering the seeds and caring for their growth.

This exhibition is supported by Anat Ebgi Gallery, Los Angeles. 



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