Inaugural edition of Honolulu Biennial announces additional artists, presentation sites, and partners

Inaugural edition of Honolulu Biennial announces additional artists, presentation sites, and partners
Updated: Mar. 8, 2017 at 10:01 AM HST
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In anticipation of its opening on March 8, the Honolulu Biennial Foundation (HBF) today announced two additional participating artists—Tokyo's teamLab and Native Hawaiian artist and kupuna elder Al Lagunero—bringing the total number of participating artists to 33. The artist collaborative teamLab—who will be exhibiting in Hawai?i for the first time—will present Graffiti Nature (2016-), an interactive, multimedia installation that emphasizes audience participation and co-creation. The work will be installed at the Hub at Ward Village® —the location that once served as the Sports Authority in Honolulu and which will house the core of the Biennial's activity. The presentation of teamLab's work, including the appointment of an onsite attendant to guide audience engagement, was made possible by generous support from Bank of Hawai?i Foundation and donors from Japan. Additionally, Lagunero will present a newly commissioned performance piece, The Nature of Nature (2017), which is inspired by Japanese monk Myoe (1173-1232), who lived at Kozanjo Temple in the mountains outside Kyoto and wrote Letter to the Island.

HBF also announced today two new presenting partners: the Hawai?i Prince Hotel Waikiki, which will serve as the lead hotel sponsor for Honolulu Biennial and present a new, large-scale installation by Native Hawaiian artist Kaili Chun, who will also be exhibiting work at the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, and Shangri La, a Center for Islamic Arts and Cultures, which will exhibit one of two newly commissioned murals by Indonesian artist Eko Nugroho.

The heart of the Biennial will reside throughout Ward Village®, between Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. Approximately 25 artist installations will be presented throughout the community, including at the Hub and historic IBM Building. These locations are made possible by The Howard Hughes Corporation®, the Biennial's lead sponsor. Additional sites for the event include Honolulu Hale (City Hall), Foster Botanical Garden, the Arts at Marks Garage located in historic Chinatown, Bishop Museum, and Honolulu Museum of Art. Many of the Biennial sites are free and all will be accessible throughout the two-month run from March 8 to May 8, enhancing opportunities to engage and excite a wide array of audiences with the art of local and international artists and increase awareness of Honolulu's cultural assets and contributions to a broader international dialogue. Generous support from The Taiji and Naoko Terasaki Family Foundation supports educational programs, including free transportation for school groups to attend Honolulu Biennial.

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