Ready for the second edition of the Honolulu Biennial 2019? Titled “To Make Wrong / Right / Now,” next year’s Biennial will take place at nearly a dozen locations on O‘ahu, including the Ali‘iolani Hale, Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum and the Honolulu Museum of Art from March 8-May 5. Artists and artist groups from Hawai‘i and across the Pacific and Asia—such as Bernice Akamine, Bruna Stude (she’s featured in our contemporary exhibition Making Waves!) and Mata Aho Collective—will come together to showcase their art and continue the conversation “connecting indigenous perspectives, knowledge, and creative expressions that are of these places.”
“To Make Wrong / Right / Now can be read as a critical intervention into the biennial model and prevailing modes of the global art market. It can also be understood as a call for action, encouraging revisionist and corrective gestures. By foregrounding existent enactments of relationality and genealogy, the biennial is reimagined as a platform that empowers aesthetic sovereignty and the artistic freedom to make what is right for this place and time,” Nina Tonga, sole curator of the Biennial. (Helping her out are Josh Tengan as assistant curator and Devon Bella as curatorial advisor.) The programming is inspired by the poem “Manifesto,” written by Imaikalani Kalahele, a Native Hawaiian poet and participating artist.
From now until Dec. 31, you can purchase an early bird all-access pass to the Biennial, which will include unlimited entry to the Honolulu Biennial Hub (location will be announced Jan. 2019!), Foster Botanical Garden, Bishop Museum and HoMA during the time of the Biennial, for $55. The pass is regularly $75.
Purchase one for yourself or give the gift of extraordinary contemporary art this holiday season to a loved one!