about

Kayla Isomura is a Vancouver-based* photographer currently exploring themes of intergenerational trauma and racialized identity. With a background in journalism, her interest in storytelling through multimedia has been deeply influenced by her roots as a fourth-generation Japanese and Chinese Canadian.

In 2018, Kayla produced The Suitcase Project, a multimedia exhibition examining the effects of the Japanese Canadian and American internment and incarceration on younger generations. The Suitcase Project made its debut at the Nikkei National Museum and is currently touring.

Following this work, Kayla is continuing to explore narratives that often highlight marginalized experiences.

*Kayla acknowledges that the area presently called Vancouver is within the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsleil-Waututh) nations. As a descendant of settlers, she recognizes the past and ongoing dispossession and displacement of Indigenous peoples. Within her own work, she aims to foster an inclusive framework, and is dedicated to both learning what it means to be a settler and how to practice solidarity.