Asian Pacific Virtual Showcase

Monday Nite VC: Black Visuality and Solidarity in Oceania

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This conversation was first presented at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival by the Honolulu Museum of Art, in collaboration with The Pōpolo Project. Visual Communications was proud to support this program in January 2021, and we share this with you again, as the relevance of this conversation still holds true today.

What do we see when we visualize Black identity in Hawaiʻi and Oceania? In our regions, the boundaries of words like “Black,” “Pacific,” and “Oceania” are often contested. In this program, scholars and artists discuss how their work in political science, performance, and film generates new images of diverse Blackness, indigeneity, and allyship across the region. In this process, we explore how Black visuality in Oceania complicates and evolves our understanding of solidarity within the Pacific and beyond.

Moderated and led by executive director of The Pōpolo Project Dr. Akiemi Glenn and assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at University of Hawaiʻi Dr. Ethan Caldwell, guest speakers include filmmaker Esther Figueroa (director of FLY ME TO THE MOON), performer and artist Moses Goods (featured in DUKE and HAE HAWAIʻI), and Dr. Ponipate Rokolekutu (assistant professor of Race and Resistance Studies and Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies at San Francisco State University).

Click here to watch "Monday Nite VC: BlackAsian Visualities," a continuation of this conversation featuring Dr. Glenn, Dr. Caldwell, and special guest Johnathan Gibbs aka blasianFMA (Creator of Black Asian Alliance Network).