art and climate change in the pacific
Offering powerful testimony and poetic intervention, the artists address different climate justice situations around the Pacific in :
the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Hawai‘i, Tonga, Tuvalu, the Philippines, Singapore, Okinawa and more.
curated by Jaimey Hamilton Faris
Assoc. Professor, Critical Theory and Art History
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Art Gallery
January 19, 2020 – February 28, 2020
Donkey Mill Art Center, Kona, Hawai‘i
March 28 - June 26, 2020
FEATURED ARTISTS + PROJECTS:
DAKOgamay: Martha and Jake Atienza
Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner + Joy Lehuanani Enomoto
+ The Atlas of (Remote) Islands, by Christina Gerhardt, forthcoming from UC Press
+ the HighWaterLine: Honolulu
INUNDATION refers to both the watery disasters of climate change and a dominant emotional response — feeling overwhelmed by a climate situation and at the same time, feeling caught in harmful systems too entrenched to change. The exhibition features nine contemporary artists based in the Pacific who experience the climate emergency as an extension of long-term colonial, extractive and development forces that have made their communities especially vulnerable to sea-level rise and storms. With communities forcibly displaced, islands bombed, coral reefs mined, and local and indigenous environmental knowledge lost, resiliency seems difficult to imagine. And yet, communities around the Pacific are rising.
Immersive, powerful, energetic, and undulating—the aesthetics of water is a dominant feature in the art of INUNDATION. The experience of being surrounded by water, the experience of wading in muliwai and lo’i, of being shifted in the ocean's tides—and thriving—can compel viewers to reimagine water and the climate. In contrast to the pervasive imagery of climate change as watery disaster, keeping viewers in a state of overwhelm, the artists in INUNDATION represent water as a generative force and fundamental to survival. Ultimately, the imagery reminds us that water needs to be respected, protected, and allowed to pursue its continual movement.
The multi-media videos, installation, and community performance projects help to create a space to process raw emotions, inspire collective imagination, and generate capacity for creative, actionable, and communal responses to our watery climate. If the climate can change, why can’t we?
Artist Talks, Performance And Opening
Sunday Jan. 19 ART Auditorium + Gallery
@ 1:30 pm speaking (of) waters in and across the Pacific
@ 3:00 pm poetry performance by Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner and reception
details about more PROGRAMMING coming soon
more images coming soon!