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Centered around a week-long event in Hawaii, POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organizes gallery shows, lecture series, schools for art and music, mural projects, a large creative space named Lana Lane Studios, concerts, and live art installations across the globe. The central event takes place during Valentine’s Day week in February in the Kaka’ako district of Honolulu, and brings over a hundred international and local artist together to create murals and other forms of art. The festival is expanding to cities and countries such as Taiwan, Long Beach, Israel, Singapore, Jamaica, Washington D.C., Guam, New Zealand, Germany and more.
I was given the opportunity to interview the two Pow-Wow founders, Kamea Hadar and Jasper Wong, and create a hand made piece reflecting what I learned. Through the interview, I discovered the three stages that made Pow-Wow what it is today; the ’Reaction’ to Hong Kong’s financed-based art scene, the ’Connection’ of creatives on a global level who have one overall interest in creating something beautiful, and the ’Creation’ of the murals, installations, music, and stories that are the outcome each and every year at Pow-Wow.
REACTION to Hong Kong’s financed-based art scene.
CONNECTION of creatives on a global level who have one overall interest in creating something beautiful.
CREATION of the murals, installations, music, and stories that are the outcome each and every year at Pow-Wow.
Both the packaging and the books were all hand crafted. On the last page of each book, there is a sticker page to add to the Pow-Wow concept of creating something and giving it to the community. The images used throughout the books were taken by me at the interview, and at all mural locations in Kaka’ako.
This hand crafted project was on display at the BFA exhibition titled ’Vision’ in 2016.