Flash Interviews: "Burnt Rice" in Hilo, Hawaii

by Janna Añonuevo Langholz

This week I traveled to Hilo, Hawaii for Epekto Art Projects' exhibition Burnt Rice at Wailoa Arts & Cultural Center. Organized by San Francisco based artist and curator Pamela Ybañez, the exhibition featured 21 artists of Filipino heritage exploring their connection to flora and fauna. Coming from the Bay Area, Hawaii, and the Midwest, the artists' approaches to the theme took on many different forms; from an installation using floral dusters, to drawings inspired by Hawaiian plant life. The show provided perspective on Filipino identity in the context this outlying state; a melting pot in between the mainland and the islands we call our own.

I was fortunate to be able to meet a few of the artists and ask them some quick questions about their practice and experience visiting Hilo for the show.

 

PAMELA YBANEZ

pamelaybanez.com

Describe what you do in three words.

Ideas, Create, Organize

What will you bring back from this trip?

Knowing that big efforts create big outcomes.

Who are some Filipino artists you admire?

Carlos Villa and Jenifer Wofford

 

 

 

KIMBERLEY ACEBO ARTECHE

kimarteche.com

Describe what you do in three words.

Remember, Interrupt, Activate

What will you bring back from this trip?

A different spirit.

Who are some Filipino artists you admire?

Carlos Villa, Jenifer Wofford, and Michael Arcega

 

 

 

 

 

JUVANA SOLIVEN

juvanasoliven.com

Describe what you do in three words.

Reconfiguring object systems.

What will you bring back from this trip?

A sense of camaraderie and connection across the ocean.

Who is a Filipino artist you admire?

Diana Laurel Caramat

 

 

 

JUSTIN PASTORES

justinpastores.com

Describe what you do in three words.

Observe, Educate, Share

What will you bring back from this trip?

Kinship, new philosophies, and a greater sense of respect for the land.

Who are some Filipino artists you admire?

My peers.

 

 

 

MICHAEL SACRAMENTO

michaelsacramento.com

Describe what you do in three words.

Landscape collage paintings.

What will you bring back from this trip?

Inspiration and gratitude.

Who is a Filipino artist you admire?

Pamela Ybañez

 

 

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Learn more about "Burnt Rice" and Epekto Art Projects at epektoartprojects.com.