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Brett Graham in Honolulu Biennale

25 March 2017

Brett Graham is included in the inaugural Honolulu Biennial showcasing “the diversity of ideas, art, and culture from the people who live today throughout the places connected by the Pacific Ocean.” Target Island, a major new work, produced for the event comprises four 1300m diameter fibreglass reinforced concrete discs.

Biennale curator Ngahiraka Mason, the former indigenous curator at Auckland Art Gallery, has written of this work: 

Brett Graham takes on American expansionism (recent and past) with four large discs that hang on walls positioned at true cardinal points in Honolulu. These ‘four directions’ represent the histories, rights, interests and subjugation of people and place, including the island of first contact “Guanahani to the east, “Code Geronimo” in the south referring to South West Apache resistance fighter whose name was appropriated as a code name for Osama Bin Laden, “Standing Rock” in the north a sacred site under threat of violation and Kaho‘olawe, Hawai‘i in the west, where the U.S. tested weapons and nuclear projectiles for 50 years.

More information about the Biennale, which runs til 8 May, can be found here.