Kevin J. Miyazaki‘s Camp Home.
In the series Camp Home (2007-present), I document the reuse of buildings from the Tula lake internment camp, where my father’s family was placed during World War II. The barracks used to house Japanese and Japanese American internees were dispersed throughout the neighboring landscape following the war. Adapted into homes and outbuildings by returning veterans under a homestead movement, many still stand on land surrounding the original camp site.
In photographing these buildings, I explore family history – both my own and that of the current building owners – while examining the changing value of institutional architecture in our history as a country. Because photography was forbidden by internees, very few photographs of homelife were made by the families themselves. My pictures act as evidence, though many years later, of a domestication rarely recorded during the initial life of the structures.