once upon a time
After moving back home due to the pandemic Dane Nakama spent a lot of his time revisiting and reevaluating many aspects of his identity. His most recent projects have concerned the Hawaiian Pidgin dialect of English and sugarcane plantation immigration history as it relates to his own ancestry. Growing up in a hybrid diaspora with a large cross-cultural family, Nakama’s identity and upbringing has served as a vehicle through which they better navigate and understand abstract notions of home, community, and pedagogy. Nakama describes the works in this show to be “the stories I’ve been meaning to re-read, memories that I have almost forgotten, the narratives we continue to write.”
About the artist
Dane Nakama is a Japanese-Uchinanchu artist, from and currently based in Hawaii. Currently finishing up their degree at the California Institute of the Arts, Dane has also had the opportunity of showing work in California, Miami, and Tokyo. Working primarily in painting and ceramics, Dane’s practice also includes animation, performance, and most recently relational aesthetics – as well as the occasional TikTok video.
Artist Website: bydanenakama.com
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