|I am Jaimey Hamilton Faris, Associate Professor of Critical Theory and Art History, at the University of Hawaii, Manoa. I am also affiliate faculty in Pacific Islands Studies, International Cultural Studies, + the Institute for Sustainability and Resilience.
I write about new creative and visual approaches to global systems, infrastructure and ecologies. For the past decade, I have been focused on art that creates visibility for the hidden social and environmental costs of global trade structures and capital infrastructure, culminating in my book Uncommon Goods (Intellect 2013) and articles in Art Journal, October, The Contemporary Pacific, Art Margins and more.
Recently, I've turned my attention to creative cultural approaches to climate change and climate justice. Almanac for the Beyond is an edited volume of experimental eco-criticism devoted to cultivating pluriverse futures beyond petro-capital structures. Liquid Archives, Liquid Futures explores new approaches to representing climate change and climate justice in contemporary art, especially in terms of the most important water debates of the 21st century. In conjunction with the book, I am also curating an exhibition, Inundation: art and climate change in the Pacific that features artists who represent to climate justice issues in the Asia Pacific region. More information available at inundation.org.
In all of my work, I advocate for the potential of art and creative practice to build capacity for transitioning beyond capitalism's extractive and exploitative operations.
Based in Honolulu for 13 years, I co-founded and co-directed a non-profit arts project space, OFF[hrs], directed UHM's artist residency program, curated solo and group exhibitions, and organized 2011 alterna-APEC events during the APEC summit in Honolulu. I headed the 2018-19 International Cultural Studies Research Group on Liquid Futures, and I serve on the Art Advisory Council for State Foundation for Culture and the Arts.
Since 2008 I have also been interviewing Hawaii's artists and am currently working on establishing a digital archive for their oral histories. My recent articles on art in Hawaii include: "Finding Futures of Hawaii," and "Restructuring Place in Hawaii."
I have received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the University of Hawaii, College of Arts and Humanities; the Faculty Diversity Award, University of Hawaii’s Commission on Diversity; the Junior Faculty Research Award; the Technology, Society and Innovation Grant, from the University of Hawaii, Research Council; I have been recognized for my community organization work by the Hawaii People’s Fund and have been a Critical Studies Fellow at Cranbrook Academy of Art and Writer in Residence at Banff Center for Arts and Culture, and VASE visiting scholar at University of Arizona.
Liquid Archives Liquid Futures: Representing the Climate in Transition Times
From Inundation to Immersion: Rethinking our Relationship to Climate Change
The Climate is Woven
In Suspense: Tales of Oil Plumes, Stranded Containers, Mermaid's Tears, and Derelict Fishing Gear