“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 Manoa, features work by Mary Babcock, Kaili Chun, DAKOgamay, James Jack, Kathy Jetnil-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. The exhibition will also be on view at the Donkey Mill Art Center, Holualoa, Hawai‘i, from March 28 – June 26, 2020.
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.”
Note: Not all events take place on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus.
Starred events feature Southeast Asian artists.
1:30 — 3:00 p.m., Artist talks
3:00 — 5:00 p.m., Opening reception with poetry by Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner
4:00 — 7:30 p.m., Water Talks: Climate Justice in the Pacific, Ho’okupu Center
4:00 — 7:30 p.m., Water Talks II: Climate Justice in the Pacific, The Art Gallery
9:00 — 11:00 a.m., Honolulu Community Walk, starting at KIPUKA
2:00 — 5:00 p.m., Honolulu Solutions Workshop, Box Jelly Ward Village
1:30 — 3:00 p.m., Sensing Policy with Sarah Wiebe and Lala Nuss, The Art Gallery
6:00 — 8:00 p.m., Interference Patterns with Drew Broderick, Art Auditorium
Free admission. Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sun. 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 20; Presidents Day, Feb. 17. Parking fees may apply on weekdays; parking is free on Sundays.