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TOKKOTAI - A Multimedia Exhibition on Conflict, Destruction & Self-sacrifice

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A suite of exhibitions and immersive experiences

Tokkotai: Contemporary Australian and Japanese Artists on war and the Battle of Sydney Harbour is a site-specific exhibition overlooking Sydney Harbour.

MIKU SATOS - Not the Yellow Submarines (still) 2015-2017 single screen video. Image courtesy the artist & Mosman Art Gallery

This FREE event, presented by Mosman Art Gallery, features the participation of six Australian and Japanese artists who retell the remarkable story of the Battle of Sydney Harbour.

Seventy-five years ago this May, three Japanese midget submarines launched a brazen strike on Sydney, bringing World War II home to Australia's Eastern States. Twenty-seven people died. It was the first and only time that modern Sydney came under foreign attack, leaving an indelible mark on Australian identity.

KEN DONE - Farewell (from the series, 'Attack') 2011 oil on canvas, 152 x 122cm. Image courtesy the artist and Mosman Art Gallery

This unique multimedia exhibition shares a global narrative on war and conflict, destruction, honour and self-sacrifice while considering the DNA of the former military structure that hosts the exhibition.

Participating artists include Michelle Belgiorno, Ken Done, Jennie Feyen, Sue Pedley, Miku Sato and Gary Warner and the exhibition is staged in the restored T5 Camouflage Fuel Tank at Headland Park, Georges Heights Oval in Mosman. T5, one of a series of industrial scale former naval oil tanks built on Sydney's North Shore, camouflaged against the Japanese attack during World War II. The oversized internal space of the Tank lends to the large–scale installations, paintings and immersive experiences on offer.

MICHELLE BELGIORNO - A Thousand Stitches of Hope, installation (work in progress - Senninbari Workshop, Tokyo, 2016). Image courtesy the artist & Mosman Art Gallery

TOKKOTAI presents an opportunity to engage the community, open discussions on the Japanese-Australian joint histories and examine the impact of war on contemporary societies. Workshops were organised in both countries to develop several installations with Australian and Japanese people working side by side on the projects.

JENNIE FEYEN - Sakura and Steel (still 3) 2017 HD video installation with Kei Ikeda. Image courtesy the artist and Mosman Art Gallery

TOKKOTAI is the first bi-national exhibition dedicated to exploring this WWII event and shines a new light on what became one of Sydney Harbour's darkest moments.

TOKKOTAI is open from Saturday 20th May to Monday 12th June 2017, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Entry is FREE.

The T5 Camouflage Fuel Tank is located at Headland Park, (off Dominion Crescent), Georges Heights Oval, Mosman, NSW.

The public is invited to Meet the Artists on Saturday 27th May, 3rd June and 10th June 2017, from 2:00pm - 3:00pm. Visit the website for more details.

For more information on this exciting exhibition in Sydney, please visit the Mosman Art Gallery website.

SUE PEDLEY - Orange-Net-Work, installation, (work in progress,Teshima, Japan, 2010). Image courtesy the artist & Mosman Art Gallery
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When: Saturday 20 May - Monday 12 June 2017
Where: T5 Tank, Headland Park, Georges Heights, Mosman
Cost: Free Entry
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