: the state of being in a place or situation that is separate from others
It is not necessary that you leave the house. Remain at your table and listen. Do not even listen, only wait. Do not even wait, be wholly still and alone. The world will present itself to you for its unmasking, it can do no other, in ecstasy it will writhe at your fee. Franz Kafka
Isolation is a physical, geographical, sociological, and psychological phenomenon central to the identity of our home in Hawaii. Located more than 2,000 miles from the nearest continental land mass, the archipelago is the most geographically isolated group of islands on Earth. That isolation creates unique biology, culture, and social structures.
When our island emerged from the Pacific Ocean, organisms which could fly or float to the shores survived, adapted, and evolved, filling ecological niches in novel ways.
A thousand years ago, a new species was introduced: Polynesians colonized the ecosystem. Later legions of explorers and immigrants arrived, and Hawaii’s physical and cultural identities were changed forever.
Isolationist nationalism versus globalization is an emerging theme in our overpopulated, shrinking world. We freely reach out to each other across the planet via the Internet, comfortably transcending borders, ethnicities, and cultures. But we fearfully defend our homelands against the influx of migrants overflowing war-zones. Will we isolate or associate?
There is nothing more distinctive about humans than our ability to compete and to cooperate, to work together and to work separately, to combine and to isolate. It is our distinguishing adaptation to do each at different times. It affects us all, children, the elderly, immigrants, those who differ from a social norm in religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or appearance.
The subject of isolation, whether catalyzing the epiphanies of monastic enlightenment, or spawning the atrocities of racial segregation, has been the fare of creative expression throughout our history. During 2017, at the East Hawaii Cultural Center, through exhibition, performance, workshops and community events, we will focus on the theme of isolation in its myriad forms: personal, political, social, and cultural.
Hawaii Photography Exhibition 2017
Juried by Linda Connor
Call for entries to Hawaii and the islands of the pacific
Open to all photographic media: digital, installation, analog and alternative process. Applicants are encouraged to submit images from a single body of work
A volcanic archipelago in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is one of the most isolated places on Earth. Whether catalyzing epiphanies of monastic enlightenment or experiences of exclusion, isolation has inspired creative expression throughout history. Whether geographic, social, cultural or physical, all of us have experienced isolation. With this call for work the EHCC invites you to consider the place of isolation in your personal landscape.
Celebrated photographer Linda Connor has been teaching in the Photography Department at the San Francisco Art Institute and exhibiting, publishing, and teaching internationally since the late 1960’s. In 2002, she founded PhotoAlliance, a Bay Area non-profit organization dedicated to the understanding, appreciation and creation of contemporary photography, and currently serves as its president. A compendium of her work, Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor, was published in 2008. This monograph includes over thirty years of photographs and is accompanied by a national traveling exhibition. Her work has appeared in a number of other monographs: Solos
On the Music of the Spheres, Luminance, Odds n Ends, (Can come out) and Spiritual Journey (the latter of which was published for a mid-career retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago). She has had a long and distinguished career in photography and has traveled extensively to produce her work, including to India, Turkey, Peru, Iceland, and South East Asia. A recipient of, among other awards, National Endowment for the Arts grants and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Connor was given the Society of Photographic Education’s Honored Educator Award in 2005.
Submission deadline is April 15th, 2017
Selections will be announced by e-mail on May 1st, 2017
Selected work must be received at EHCC by May 23rd, 2017
Applications are being accepted on CaFE: https://www.callforentry.org/festivals_unique_info.php?ID=4074