Does focusing on a particular ethnic group in a contemporary art exhibition serve to provide a collaborative environment for discussion of a shared ethnic experience, or does it do a disservice to that group by ghettoizing them from the larger contemporary art discourse? In what ways can such an exhibit (and the writing about such an exhibit) work to portray a range of perspectives instead of essentializing the experiences of a broad group of people into a single shared trait?
Traces and Trajectories: Current Works by Ten Korean-American Artists is an exhibit that explores just these sorts of issues. Pick up today’s Honolulu Advertiser for my full review including some superior photography by Alan Konishi. The exhibit is on display at the Academy Art Center at Linekona from January 6 through January 31, 2009.
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