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New HoMA Exhibit Explores Hawaiʻi's Social Issues Through Art and Technology

Honolulu Museum of Art

The Honolulu Museum of Art's brand new exhibit "Artists of Hawaiʻi Now" pushes the boundaries with technology and challenges you to think more deeply about issues in our community.

The Conversation talked to the co-curator of the show Taylour Chang, and one of the featured artists Nicole Naone. With Christopher Kahunahana and Lanakila Mangauil, their exhibit explores different perspectives of Maunakea and the Thirty Meter Telescope — through a 360-degree timelapse.

"We have featured 18 incredible artists, 13 installations that each explore, like really pressing, timely themes, social issues that we're facing and navigating in our community during this time," Chang said. "Each installation is, you know, kind of pushing the edge of what's possible with the medium, and there's a lot of really inspiring pieces that embrace technology."

The featured artists are Nāʻālehu Anthony, Gwen Arkin, Andy Behrle, Gaye Chan, Jennifer Goya, Lynda Hess, Christopher Kahunahana, Kapulani Landgraf, Daniel Kauwila Mahi, Lanakila Mangauil, John Mantanona, Manu Mei-Singh, Nicole Naone, Cara Oba, Kyle Oba, Aura Reyes, Juvana Soliven, and Noe Tanigawa.

The show opened last week and runs through January 2022.

This interview aired on The Conversation on Sept. 23, 2021.

Disclosure: The Honolulu Museum of Art is an underwriter of Hawaiʻi Public Radio and Noe Tanigawa is HPR's Arts & Culture reporter.

Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at ccruz@hawaiipublicradio.org.
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