“Art and Climate Change in the Pacific” exhibit 19 Jan-26 June 2020

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
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. Special programming for the show around Honolulu includes the HighWaterLine community art project, conceived by artist Eve Mosher, initiated by Christina Gerhardt and co-organized with Adele Balderston.

For more information: www.inundation.org.


Events & Programs
(free and open to the public)

Sunday, January 19
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Opening reception

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

RSVP + Directions: inundation_watertalks_two.eventbrite.com

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


Address, Hours, & Admission
University of Hawai‘i Art Gallery
2535 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu (UH Mānoa campus)
Mon. – Fri.  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.;  Sun. 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Closed: Saturdays; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 20; Presidents Day, Feb. 17.
Admission is free.





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