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View of Leland Miyano’s Huaka‘i / A Wake, 2019. Photo: Christopher Rohrer.

Hawaii Triennial Announces 2022 Curatorial Team, Title

Hawaii Contemporary has announced that Melissa Chiu will curate the 2022 iteration of the Hawaii Triennial, assisted by associate curators Miwako Tezuka and Drew Kahu’āina Broderick. The triennial exhibition, titled “Pacific Century,” will be on view February 8–May 18, 2022.

The show will take as its themes fluid concepts of place, identity, and history in relation to Hawaii’s location between the Asia-Pacific and Oceania. “This is a moment of great change,” explained Chiu. “Through an exploration of the idea of the Pacific Century, we hope to take account of recent histories that are informing our present but perhaps, most importantly, re-configuring the future.”

Chiu, who was appointed as the exhibition’s curator this past October, is director of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC. Tezuka, who previously served as gallery director of New York’s Japan Society and as curator of contemporary art at the city’s Asia Society Museum, is associate director of the Reversible Destiny Foundation, also in New York. Honolulu-based artist, curator, and educator Broderick is director of Koa Gallery at Kapi’olani Community College.

The Hawaii Triennial was established in 2017 as the Honolulu Biennial. Following two iterations, which together attracted a rough total of 214,000 visitors, the Honolulu Biennial Foundation underwent a restructuring, emerging as Hawaii Contemporary. The organization’s board of directors announced in January of this year that the format would shift to a triennial, citing the change as the “best step forward as we move into this new decade.” By expanding the triennial beyond Honolulu, the board hoped to “deepen its collaborative programming partnerships and explore synergy among all the Hawaiian islands.”

As a precursor to the triennial, Hawaii Contemporary will hold the inaugural Hawai’i Contemporary Art Summit February 10–13, 2021.

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