Monday, March 16, 2015

Wednesday, 3/18: Artist Walkthrough & Talk Story with Joy Enomoto

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections will host a walk-through and talk story with Joy Enomoto this Wednesday, 3/18, from 3-4 p.m. in the H&P reading room. Nautilus the Protector, a series of woodblock prints by Enomoto, is currently on exhibit in the H&P reading room. For more information, please click on the image at right.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

On Display: Snitch

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are currently exhibiting a sculpture titled "snitch," by Aotearoa-based artist Brett Graham. The sculpture is on loan from the UH Art Gallery, which provided the below description:

Brett Graham (Aotearoa/New Zealand) 
snitch, 2014
foam, tar, feathers
Different manifestations of binding can involve alienation, appropriation and misappropriation that may result in an integration of sorts. But even when relevant facts are known, integration with a partial or total disconnect can also occur.
As a character, Stitch has an alien origin—that is, alien to Earth. The creators of the animation film Lilo and Stitch originally intended the narrative to be set in Kansas. But the plot was shifted to Hawai‘i where a Hawaiian family adopts Stitch. The family was portrayed as dysfunctional and impoverished by a failing American economy. The long-standing reasons for these conditions—the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, colonization, and annexation of the islands by the United States that were definite negative repercussions of a forced binding of two societies—are never mentioned in the Lilo and Stitch narrative. Once these factors are taken into consideration, though, Stitch can be viewed as emblematic of them. 

 recently completed a residency on the East Coast of the United States and was intrigued by the practice of the American revolutionaries, who tarred and feathered their traitors—those who remained loyal to Britain. He writes, “although the United States was founded on ‘liberty’ and ‘independence,’ it does not recognize Hawaii’s own claim to self-determination. Although Stitch has been ‘adopted’ by a Hawaiian family, he essentially remains an outsider, an alien to their cause.”

On Display: Nautilus the Protector

The Hawaiian & Pacific Collections are proud to exhibit Nautilus the Protector, a collection of woodcut prints by Joy Enomoto. The series will be only display through mid-April. Joy's artist statement is below.

Joy Enomoto is a UH Mānoa BFA alumni whose work is concerned with decolonizing geography, plantation genealogies and the salt water conversations that occur within the space of the diaspora. She explores the idea of creating and holding onto our own cartographies in a world of rising sea levels and the ongoing destruction of the seabed and ancestral homelands.

The Nautilus the Protector series is a response work to a poem by the same name, written by Lyz Soto. Nautilus Minerals Mining Company, based in Canada, has recently received a license to begin deep sea mining in the Bismarck Sea off the coast of Papua New Guinea, seeking minerals found on the seabed growing near the hydrothermal vents. To break the foundation of the earth and to threaten those creatures, such as the nautilus that are 2 million years older than the dinosaurs, reveals the continued hubris and naiveté of the western world  for the sake of making more microchips for cell phones.  This work is in support of those natives of Papua New Guinea who have been fighting this idea since its inception and who seek to protect the origin of all life. The Pacific faces the fastest and most devastating threats from human induced climate change. We must ask ourselves, if we drill a hole through our beginnings, where will we be in the end?