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March 8 - May 8, 2017

"The inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 (HB2017) showcased the diversity of ideas, art, and culture from the people who live today throughout the places connected by the Pacific Ocean. It included contemporary art from Hawaiʻi, the Pacific Islands, Asia, North America, Australia, and New Zealand. By exhibiting the work of artists from all around this vast region, Honolulu Biennial 2017 shined a spotlight on the collective artistic vision from this important and dynamic Pacific neighborhood." 

-Fumio Nanjo, Director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum and 2017 Curatorial Director and Ngahiraka Mason, formerly Indigenous Art, Maori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and 2017 Curator.




Yuki Kihara installation shot, A Study of a Samoan Savage (from the series), 2015

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Vernon Ah Kee, Australia

Sama Alshaibi, USA

Alfredo and Isabel Aquilizan, Australia/Philippines

Andrew Binkley, Hawaiʻi

Drew Broderick, Hawaiʻi/USA

Jane Chang Mi, Hawaiʻi /USA

Kaili Chun, Hawaiʻi

Sean Connelly, Hawaiʻi

Beatrice Glow, USA

Brett Graham, New Zealand


Marques Hanalei Marzan, Hawaiʻi

Choi Jeong Hwa, Korea

Kathy Jetnil Kijiner, Marshall Islands

Mohammad Kazem, U.A.E.

Yuki Kihara, New Zealand/Samoa

Charlton Kūpa’a Hee, Hawaiʻi

Yayoi Kusama, Japan

Al Lagunero, Hawaiʻi

Alexander Lee, Tahiti

Les Filter Feeders, Hawaiʻi

Mariquita Micki Davis, Guam/USA

Lee Mingwei, Taiwan/USA

Eko Nugroho, Indonesia

Fiona Pardington, New Zealand

Lisa Reihana, New Zealand

Chris Ritson, Hawaiʻi

Michelle L. Schwengel-Regala, Hawaiʻi

Greg Semu, New Zealand/Samoa

teamLab, Japan

John Vea, New Zealand/Tonga

Zhan Wang, China

Lynne Yamamoto, USA

Ken + Julia Yonetani, Japan/Australia




Beatrice Glow, Rhunhattan Tearoom, 2015


Fumio Nanjo, Curatorial Director

Nanjo is the Director of the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, a position that he has held since 2006. He served as commissioner of the Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (1997), commissioner at the Taipei Biennale (1998), member of jury committee of the Turner Prize (1998), co-curator of the 3rd Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (1999), artistic director of the Yokohama Triennale (2001), jury member of the Golden Lion Prize of the Venice Biennale (2005) and artistic director of the Singapore Biennale (2006, 2008).

Ngahiraka Mason, Curator

She is the former indigenous curator at Auckland Art Gallery (NZ), a writer, educator, historian and trained fine artist.  Her career at New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious art museum began in 1994, where she gathered experience working with European and New Zealand historical, modern and contemporary art, developing the institution’s art collections, acquisitions and commissioning of site specific contemporary art.




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Want to read curatorial and academic essays on the Honolulu Biennial that features writing by: Fumio Nanjo, Ngahiraka Mason, Dr. Kóan Jeff Baysa, Nāpali Aluli Souza and Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer




Choi Jeong Hwa, Breathing Flower, 2015

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