Maoli Arts Month Exhibit


For our May Maoli Arts Month exhibition, The Lab: Experiments in Photography will be the 11th time that our gallery space has hosted this annual exhibition which features the work of prominent and emerging Native Hawaiian artists.

Curated by Healoha Johnson, The Lab: Experiments in Photography will feature thephotography work of Kapulani Landgraf, the MAMo Awardee for 2016, as well as two emerging photographers, Ualani Davis and Dru Hara.  Kapulani Landgraf’s work has evolved from black and white, large format 4x5 camera photographs to woven, etched, and otherwise reconstructed political statements to her current mixed media installations.  Across these various formats, Landgraf’s work offers interpretations of contemporary social issues, and explores the economic, institutional, and cultural underpinnings of Hawaiʻi. Artwork by recent UH Manoa graduate, Ualani Davis, plays with both subject matter and the chemical process as she develops photographs that explore issues of identity and innovation.  Current UH Manoa BFA student, Dru Hara, uses the medium to translate ephemeral moments of his everyday experiences into contemplative lasting impressions. 

According to curator Healoha Johnson, “Kapulani Landgraf is a prolific artist whose outstanding exhibition and award history, along with her position as a tenured professor in the Kapiolani Community College Art Department, have allowed her to engage with multi-generational students, artists, scholars, and curators.  Her contributions are many, and her impact upon my generation is profound.  Through her work, I have come to understand the critical yet sensitive capacity of photography as it pertains to the Hawaiian experience. It seems befitting that she be the MAMo 2016 Awardee and that she serve as a mentor to two young, emerging photographers.  I propose to conduct studio visits with the artists, and will request Kapu attend a number of visits with me to the studios of Ualani Davis and Dru Hara, who would benefit from the exposure to professional and artistic input concerning their work."