“Art and Climate Change in the Pacific” exhibit – 11 October 2020 Hawai‘i

James Jack. Sea Birth three. 2020. 4K digital video still.


Inundation: Art and Climate Change in the Pacific  

January 19 – February 28, 2020
The Art Gallery at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), Art Building

March 28 – June 26, 2020 New dates 1 July – 22 October 2020
Donkey Mill Art Center, Hōlualoa, Hawai‘i

Inundation refers to both the watery disasters of climate change and the overwhelming emotions they evoke. This exhibition, curated by Jaimey Hamilton Faris, Associate Professor at the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, features work by Mary Babcock, Kaili Chun, DAKOgamay, James Jack, Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner, Joy Lehuanani Enomoto, Charles Lim, and Angela Tiatia. Based in the Pacific, these artists experience the climate emergency as an extension of long-term colonial, extractive and developmental forces that have made their communities especially vulnerable.

This major group show consists of multi-media videos, installations, and community performance projects, many of which have been conceived for this exhibition. Artists address climate justice situations in Hawai‘i, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu, the Philippines, Okinawa, and Singapore. As curator Hamilton Faris writes the exhibition “create[s] a space to process raw emotions, inspire collective imagination, and generate capacity for creative, actionable, and communal responses to our watery climate.”

Join curator Jaimey Hamilton Faris and guests for discussions on climate change and climate justice.

Thursday, January 23
Water Talks II: Climate Justice in the Pacific, The UH Art Gallery

4:00 – 5:30 PM  |  Tales of the Okinawan Sea
This special evening talk-story series brings together artists, scientists, policy-makers, historians and more to discuss how to move forward in this era of radical social and ecological transformation.

James Jack, Artist
Kenneth Kaneshiro, Director of the Center for Conservation Research and Training, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, SOEST
Norman Kaneshiro, Musician, UHM lecturer

facilitated by Aiko Yamashiro, Executive Director of the Hawai’i Council for the Humanities

James Jack. Sea Birth three. 2020. 4K digital video still.


University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery

Online catalog, video archive and climate justice resources available here:




Selected Press
Inundation: Psychic Costs of the Climate Emergency

Jan 14, 2020

In just twenty years, awareness of climate change has progressed to climate anxiety. According to Time Magazine, mental health studies show “eco-anxiety” exploded last year from Greenland to Australia. A new exhibit at UH Mānoa aims to work through the grief and denial toward community action.

Full article here: https://www.hawaiipublicradio.org/post/inundation-psychic-costs-climate-emergency