November 4, 2023 - February 18, 2024
The Project Banaba exhibition by Katerina Teaiwa commemorates the history of Banaba Island in the Pacific Ocean, which was destroyed by environmentally devastating phosphate mining during the 20th century. This led to the total relocation of its people in 1945, with the 78th anniversary of their displacement to be observed on Dec. 15, 2023, during the run of the exhibition.
November 4, 2023 -
February 18, 2024
9 am – 5 pm
& Christmas Day
J.M. Long Gallery
Image Credit: Banaba/ Ocean Island, central Pacific, early 1900s, British Phosphate Commissioners, National Archives of Australia.
Banabans view their ancestral land, the rock of Banaba, as te aba, “the body of the land, and the body of the people.” This exhibition will involve three interconnected installations exploring how the people and the land of Banaba were viewed and transformed by imperial phosphate mining and global agricultural interests.
In Project Banaba, Banaban scholar and artist Katerina Teaiwa brings together rare historical archives and multimedia works that shed light on this little-known history, and its ongoing impact on Pacific communities. The exhibition is co-curated by Yuki Kihara, Joy Enomoto, Bishop Museum’s Curator of Archaeology Pūlama Lima and Director of Cultural Resources Healoha Johnston, based on Katerina’s archival research, interviews, film, photographs, and performance work, informed by the flows of phosphate rocks, mining workers, and the Banaban people.
Mahalo to our generous supporters that helped make this exhibition possible
Elizabeth Rice Grossman
Omidyar ‘Ohana Fund at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation
The Aja Group
Additional support provided by
Bloomingdale’s, Kahala Sportswear, and UNIQLO Hawaii