INUNDATION refers to both the watery disasters of climate change and the overwhelming emotions they invoke. This 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.
With communities forcibly displaced by sea-level rise and storms, islands bombed, coral reefs mined, and local and indigenous environmental knowledge lost, resiliency seems difficult to imagine. And yet, communities around the Pacific are responding first and foremost by offering compelling images of our relationship to water and to the climate.
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 moved by ocean currents, shifted in its tides—and thriving—can open new conversations about what inundation means.