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[Private] INUNDATION: Water Talks & Water Walks Series
January 21 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
art and climate change in the Pacific
exhibition and public programming
January 19, 2020 – February 21, 2020
The exhibition features eight installation and video art works that use storytelling, performance, and documentary modes to bring the viewer closer to different climate situations around the Pacific. In particular, the pieces connect climate change to the long-term colonial, extractive and consumptive forces that have made island and coastal communities especially vulnerable to rising waters: forced displacement, military bombing, paved-over watersheds, broken and mined coral reefs, and a loss of local and indigenous environmental knowledge. It includes internationally recognized artists Martha and Jake Atienza (from the Philippines and working also in Tonga), Mary Babcock (based in Hawaii), Kaili Chun (Kanaka Maoli artist based in Hawaii), James Jack (based in Singapore and working also in Okinawa and Japan), Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner (Republic of Marshall Islands) and Joy Enomoto (Kanaka Maoli artist based in Hawaii), Charles Lim (from Singapore), and Angela Tiatia (a Samoan artist based in Australia, making work about Tuvalu).
To activate audiences even more and bring the abstraction of climate change into reality and our everyday environment, the exhibition also features a community art project called the High Water Line. Using a chalk liner, the High Water Line participants will map the predicted future shoreline forecast due to sea level rise in the Kaka’ako neighborhood starting at NaMea Hawaii in Ward Center. First conceived and executed by artist Eve Mosher in Miami and New York., she invites others to organize more walks all over the world. Assoc. Professor of Environmental Humanities, Christina Gerhardt and artist Adele Balderston of 88 Block Walks, will lead the High Water Line project while providing historical, cultural and economic context to this site-specific project. https://highwaterline.org/
The public programming “Water Talks and Water Walks”: Public programs for INUNDATION offer opportunities to share images and stories of climate change and community resilience in and across the Pacific Ocean.