Honolulu Biennial Foundation Announces Visions of the Future Initiative

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Flooded (2016). Photography by Heami Lee, art direction by Allie Wist, food styling by C.C. Buckley, prop styling by Rebecca Bartoshesky

Honolulu Biennial Foundation

Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) announces the launch of Visions of the Future, a new initiative of programming presented by Honolulu Biennial Foundation, which debuts with a collaborative photography and multimedia exhibit, Flooded, featuring photography by Heami Lee, art direction by Allie Wist, food styling by C.C. Buckley and prop styling by Rebecca Bartoshesky. This six-week, pop-up exhibition will take place in the heart of  Waikīkī through a partnership with Luxury Row on the ground-floor of Luxury Row’s retail suite at 2124 Kalakaua Avenue. This also marks the first public exhibition of Flooded.

Visions of the Future is part of our commitment to serving our local arts community with continuous contemporary arts programs. Since our inception in 2014, we have offered a variety of smaller-scale exhibitions and programs throughout the year. Now, after we have had time to pause and reflect after the first edition of Honolulu Biennial 2017, the launch of Visions of the Future, a distinct initiative from the Honolulu Biennial festivals that occur every two years, we will be presenting in-house and guest curated exhibitions and programs that will focus on common themes that unite humanity as we ruminate on the future. We are first launching with a focus on food and the impact that rising sea levels and climate change will have on food systems,” shares Isabella Ellaheh Hughes, Director and Cofounder of HBF who also serves as curator of this exhibition.

Flooded  is a vision which fuses climate change landscapes with food, and reveals the intimacy between our collective pasts and our possible futures. Inspired by sea level rise and coastal flooding, the work oscillates between the dystopic and utopic, exploring ideas of adaptation, solastalgia, and baseline shifting—how we react to change over time. These creations function as visible shadows and future artifacts of our changing planet.

Flooded is part of a series entitled Shift which combines documentary photography, studio food photography, design, and other multimedia to assume new baselines, gestures of gradual change over time and across space, linking distant environments and historic states of both body and earth with our everyday lives.

“We believe that art has the power to inspire reflection and brings communities together by highlighting some of humanity’s most pressing issues through creative expression. Luxury Row is honored to host  HBF’s debut of their new, Visions of the Future  initiative with Flooded, the exhibition which focuses on the Future’s food” says Robert Siegel, President and CEO of Luxury Row.

Flooded opens at Luxury Row – 2124 Kalakaua Avenue on March 21st with a public opening party and will run until April 30th. Open Thursday-Sunday from 12 to 7 PM, this exhibition is a result of the generous support of Luxury Row, The Taiji and Naoko Terasaki Family Foundation, Prince Waikiki, Alaska Airlines and Aesop, and is free and open to the public.

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