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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
Events & Programs (free and open to the public)
Sunday, January 19
1:30 – 3:00 p.m.,  Artist talks
3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Opening reception with poetry by Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner
Tuesday, January 21
4:00 – 7:30 p.m., Water Talks: Climate Justice in the Pacific, Ho'okupu Center
Thursday, January 23
4:00 – 7:30 p.m., Water Talks II: Climate Justice in the Pacific, The Art Gallery
Saturday, January 25
9:00 – 11:00 a.m., HighWaterLine: Honolulu Community Walk, starting at KĪPUKA
2:00 – 5:00 p.m., HighWaterLine: Honolulu Solutions Workshop, Box Jelly Ward Village

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. The exhibition will also be on view at the Donkey Mill Art Center, Hōlualoa, 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.”

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: Additional events to be announced.

University of University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s
Department of Art & Art History and College of Arts & Humanities; Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts; Halekulani Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; and anonymous donors.

The exhibition and programs are generously supported by the 
Center for Pacific Island Studies, UHM; Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UHM; funded in part with a grant from Hawaiʻi Council for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the HumanitiesPu‘uhonua Society; Blyth Kozuki; Taiji and Naoko Terasaki at Terasaki Foundation; Student Activity and Program Fee Board, UHM; SEED Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access and Success, UHM.

The exhibition is proud to have the co-sponsorship of: Donkey Mill Art Center, Hōlualoa, HI;
Office of Provost, UHM; Office of Sustainability, UH; School of Ocean and Environmental Science and Technology (SOEST), UHM; Sierra Club of Hawai‘i; Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter; Institute for Climate and Peace; Nā Mea Hawai‘i; Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii; Office of Climate Change, Sustainability, and Resiliency, City and County of Honolulu; Department of Enterprise Services – Neal S. Blaisdell Center & Tom Moffatt Waikiki Shell, City and County of Honolulu.

For more information please contact Sharon Tasaka at
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.
Parking fees may apply during weekday. Parking is free on Sundays. 

Image: Angela Tiatia,
Holding On, 2015 (detail). Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Singapore.


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