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

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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.

On Display: Snitch

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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:

BrettGraham(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 isl…

On Display: Nautilus the Protector

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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 th…