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Performance Art in Honolulu


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Photo: Courtesy Ernesto Pujol.

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 18, visiting artist Ernesto Pujol, as well as 19 local artists, will perform “Speaking in Silence.” From sunrise to sunset, at 12 locations, the artists, dressed in red, will alternate between silence, and randomly reading from a list of English and Hawaiian word definitions.

The chosen texts reflect each of the historic location’s past events and cultural significance, and maps will be passed out so people can follow the group around the city. The performance is a statement on “fragile indigenous histories and the cultural diversity of consciousness, in terms of its native Hawaiian, Christian, Buddhist, and secular components, both in the islands and across the globe,” says Pujol. “By having a body be present there, walking that space, over and over again, ritualistically you start creating a space within the space. In so doing, you carve out a place for reflection, meditation, and memory—individual and collective.”

You can see the performance at: Iolani Palace, the Hawaii State Library, the Hawaii State Capitol, the Mission Houses Museum, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Oahu Cemetery, National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Chinatown, Aloha Tower, the Natatorium, the Hawaii State Art Museum and Foster Botanical Garden. Pujol will be at the Honolulu Academy of Arts, near the museum’s café, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. For more information, click here or call 526-1322.

Pujol’s multimedia exhibit, “Walking Ground” opened on May 27 at the Honolulu Contemporary Museum, and it will be on display until Oct. 2. It consists of photographs, videos, slide shows and other artwork developed by Pujol over the past 10 years.

 

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