Mori Art Museum’s Director appointed Curatorial Director of the new Honolulu Biennial.

The director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum (MAM) will curate the new biennial in Honolulu in 2016. The Biennial is part of an effort to include Hawaii in the global contemporary art scene.

Shigeyuki Kihara, 'After Tsunami Galu Afi, Lalomanu', 2013. Image courtesy of Milford Galleries Dunedin, New Zealand and Shigeyuki Kihara Studio.

Shigeyuki Kihara, ‘After Tsunami Galu Afi, Lalomanu’, 2013. Image courtesy of Milford Galleries Dunedin, New Zealand and Shigeyuki Kihara Studio.

Honolulu on the global art stage

In an interview with Blouin ArtInfo, Dr Baysa said:

Hawaii is bountiful with creative talent. For varying reasons, the exposure of creative individuals from Hawaii on the global stage has remained minimal in scale. One of the primary goals of the Honolulu Biennial Foundation is to disrupt and upend the current situation.

In the press release (PDF download) announcing the prologue exhibition of the Biennial, Dr Baysa is quoted as saying:

We are interested in bringing artists from outside Hawai’i who rarely get exhibited here, as well as offering Hawai’i-based artists the opportunity to interface with a wider arts audience. The combination of the multifaceted, multicultural history, and the geopolitical locus as the true meeting point between the Asian continent, Oceania and the Americas, make for a truly rigorous site for artistic innovation and exploration. That is what we believe makes the Honolulu Biennial distinctive.

Chain of Fire

This autumn, from 30 October to 9 November 2014, the HBF in collaboration with the Hawai’i International Film Festival will present “Chain of Fire: The Prologue Exhibition for the 2016 Honolulu Biennial”, co-curated by Dr Baysa and Hughes.

The exhibition is a preview of what the Biennial will present in two years, and will feature the work of national and international artists of various origins. Artworks will be in a range of media, with a focus on new media, video, photography and multimedia installations. The roster includes:

  • Paul Pfeiffer (Philippines/USA/Hawai’i)
  • Shigeyuki Kihara (Samoa/New Zealand)
  • Bahar Behbahani (Iran/USA)
  • Arahmaiani (Indonesia)
  • Almagul Menlibayeva (Kazakhstan)
  • Adrienne Keahi Pao (Hawai’i/USA)
  • Mark Salvatus (Philippines)
  • Sama Alshaibi (Iraq/Palestine/USA)

There will also be a site-responsive installation by multimedia artist Hasan Elahi (Bangladesh/USA), Hawai’i’s Drew Broderick and the Pas de Chocolat collective.

C. A. Xuan Mai Ardia


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Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.

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