Honolulu Biennial

Guan Xiao, Dengue, Dengue, Dengue, video installation

March 8 - May 5, 2019
John Young Museum of Art

UH-Mānoa is proud to be one of the key sites of Honolulu Biennial 2019 to showcase four artists selected for To Make Wrong / Right / Now.

Bernice Akamine is a cultural practitioner who has used traditional practices of kapa (barkcloth) and waiho‘olu‘u (dyes and color) in decidedly non-traditional ways. She is an alumni of this department who currently lives near Volcano on the island of Hawai‘i. She is also an educator and activist, especially in her advocacy for indigenous land rights and preserving the cultural continuum.

Raymond Boisjoly investigates “the ways images, objects, materials and language continue to define Indigenous art and artists, with particular attention to colonial contexts.” Based in Vancouver, Canada, he is represented by Catriona Jeffries Gallery.

Raymond Boisjoly, Histories, 2015, Solvent-based inkjet print on vinyl

Abraham Cruzvillegas is internationally renowned for his impeccable, improvised
sculptures culled from a material universe of the disused, abandoned, and often broken cast-offs of a middle- and upper-middle-class society. Complementing the imperatives of HBF artist Bernice Akamine’s work, the artist will construct serial Autoconstrucción (2007–present) works of discarded materials found in Honolulu in response to the complicated relationship between outdoor and indoor life in the Pacific at various sites across Honolulu, including the JYMA Courtyard.

Abraham Cruzvillegas with his Tate Modern Turbine Hall installation Empty Lot, 2015

Guan Xiao works with multiple media including video and sculpture. She received her BA in Directing at the Communication University of China in 2006 and is known for juxtaposing the past and future, primitive and classical, crude and high-tech and combining the various elements into a distinct and unique formal aesthetic. She practices from the standpoint that the internet’s openness provides a kind of flat surface on which to work, with a lack of hierarchy in the contemporary visual world.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts + Humanities; Halekulani Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa.
The Howard Hughes Corporation and The Taiji and Naoko Terasaki Family Foundation are the Co-title Sponsors for Honolulu Biennial 2019.

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