In Pictures: See What Happens When Ai Weiwei, Chitra Ganesh, and Other Artists Take Over Honolulu for the 2022 Hawaii Triennial

Mar 18, 2022

Across Honolulu, artists have installed their works in a palace, a shopping mall, museums, and botanical gardens as part of the 2022 Hawai’i Triennial, open now through May 8,

The theme of this year’s edition, curated by Hirshhorn director Melissa Chiu, is “Pacific Century,” which takes the form of a multi-site exhibition to explore indigenous histories, immigration, colonialism, and Asia-Pacific and Oceanic identities through the lens of art.

The triennial features more than 60 participants comprised of 43 artists and collectives, including local figures with ties reaching back generations, as well as internationally renowned names like Ai Weiwei, Theaster Gates, and Jennifer Steinkamp.

Below, see highlights from the Hawai’i Triennial 2022:

 

Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Aue Away ft. Kaina Quenga and Anthony Aiu, Honolulu Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist and Honolulu Museum of Art.

Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Aue Away ft. Kaina Quenga and Anthony Aiu, Honolulu Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist and Honolulu Museum of Art

Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Aue Away ft. Kaina Quenga and Anthony Aiu, Honolulu Museum ofArt. Courtesy of the artist and Honolulu Museum of Art.

Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Aue Away ft. Kaina Quenga and Anthony Aiu, Honolulu Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist and Honolulu Museum of Art

 

Chitra Ganesh, Untitled/Kapa Moon, (2022). Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Honolulu.Courtesy of the artist and Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. © Chitra Ganesh. Photo: Kelli Bullock Hergert.

Gaku Tsutaja, ENOLA’S HEAD, (2021). Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Honolulu. Courtesy of the artist and Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. © Gaku Tsutaja. Photo: Kelli Bullock Hergert.

Izumi Kato and Pacific Sisters, background center: Izumi Kato, Untitled, (2021). and (foreground) Pacific Sisters, Te Pu o Te Wheke, (2021). Courtesy of the artists and Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum. © Izumi Kato. © Pacific Sisters. Photo: Kelli Bullock Hergert.

Installation view of Ai Weiwei’s Tree (2010); Iron Tree, (2020); and Tree (2010). Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Foster Botanical Garden, Honolulu. Courtesy of the artist and Hawai‘i Contemporary. © Ai Weiwei. Photo: Lila Lee.

Installation view, Leeroy New, Balete (2022) and Taklobo, (2022). Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Foster Botanical Garden, Honolulu. © Leeroy New. Photo: Lila Lee.

Installation view, TOQA, ,Midnight Smoothie (2021-22) Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Foster Botanical Garden, Honolulu. © TOQA. Photo: Lila Lee.

Installation view: Momoyo Torimitsu, Somehow I don’t feel comfortable (2021). Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī. © Momoyo Torimitsu. Photo: Lila Lee.

Installation view: Momoyo Torimitsu, Somehow I don’t feel comfortable, (2021). Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī. © Momoyo Torimitsu. Photo: Lila Lee.

Installation view: “Hawai‘i Triennial 2022,” Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī. Photo: Lila Lee.

Miao Ying, Hardcore Digital Detox (2018). Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī. © Miao Ying. Photo: Lila Lee.

Installation view: Sun Xun, The Ancient Distance Uncover the Mystery of Reality and The Mysterious History Lies in What We Can’t See No.1 (2021). Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī. © Sun Xun. Photo: Lila Lee.

Tsuyoshi Hisakado, Pause, (2022). Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikīkī. Courtesy of the artist and Hawai‘i Contemporary. © Tsuyoshi Hisakado. Photo: Lila Lee.

Installation view, Ming Wong, Bloody Marys-Song of the South Seas (2018). Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Lila Lee.

 

‘Elepaio Press (Mark Hamasaki & Richard Hamasaki), Installation view, “‘Elepaio Press. Hawai‘i Triennial 2022.  Photo: Brandyn Liu.

Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina (Puhipau & Joan Lander), Installation view “Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina.” © Nā Maka o ka ‘Āina. Photo: Brandyn Liu.

Installation view: Piliāmo‘o, (Mark Hamasaki and Kapulani Landgraf), photographs from Ē Luku Wale Ē. © Piliāmo‘o. Photo: Brandyn Liu.

Tropic Editions (Marika Emi), Installation view, “Tropic Editions, CAFE.Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Hawai‘i State Art Museum, Honolulu.  © Tropic Editions. Photo: Vincent Bercasio.

 

Jennifer Steinkamp, Queen Lili‘uokalani, (2022). Hawai‘i Triennial 2022, Iolani Palace, Honolulu. Courtesy of the artist and Iolani Palace. Photo: Leimaile.