...is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Theory, at the University of Hawai'i, Mānoa. She is affiliate faculty in Pacific Islands Studies, International Cultural Studies, and the Institute for Sustainability and Resilience. She’s involved in the Political Ecology Research Group; the Liquid Futures Research Group; and FERN (Feminist Environmental Research Network). Her research focuses on visual approaches to global infrastructures, ecologies, and creativities, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
RESEARCH: Hamilton Faris is the author of Uncommon Goods (Intellect 2013), which features art practices that expose the hidden social and environmental costs of global trade structures and capital infrastructure, the curator of Inundation: Art and Climate Change in the Pacific (2020) about current art and environmental activism in Oceania; the editor of Almanac for the Beyond (2020) a volume of experimental eco-criticism devoted to critiques of petro-capital temporal structures, and more.
Her recent articles about art and climate justice in Oceania include “Sisters of Ocean and Ice: On the Hydro-feminism of Kathy Jetn̄il-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna’s Rise: From One Island to Another” (Shima, 2019); “Gestures of Survivance: Angela Tiatia’s Lick and Contemporary Environmental Performance Art in Oceania” (Pacific Arts, 2021); and “Interfacing in the Ocean’s Weave,” in Oceans Rising, ed. Daniela Zyman, (Sternberg Press, 2021).
She is currently working on Liquid Futures: Water, Art and Feminism, a guide to hydrofeminist representations of climate change and climate justice in contemporary art, especially in terms of the most important water crises of the 21st century.
COMMUNITY: Based in Honolulu for 15 years, Hamilton Faris has co-founded and co-directed a non-profit arts project space, OFF[hrs], directed UHM's artist residency program, and curated solo and group exhibitions. She serves on the Art Advisory Council for State Foundation for Culture and the Arts. Since 2008 she has also been interviewing Hawai'i's artists and is currently working on establishing a digital archive for their oral histories.
FELLOWSHIPS and AWARDS: Hamilton Faris has 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; She has been recognized for her 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.