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Kelly Ciurej presents an exhibition of her recent photographs. Foreign Fruit serves as an interpretation of a generic touristic view of paradise, specifically around the symbolic nature of the pineapple. The pineapple represents her transition from Chicago, her place of origin, to her new home in Hawaiâ€˜i. Although they are typically mistaken for an indigenous fruit of the islands, pineapples are transplants, transferred to a new place with new roots grown over time.
The pineapple is connotatively sweet, a symbol of welcoming and â€œaloha,â€ yet it is simultaneously a hard, jagged entity, with exterior coarse points and rough edges. It promises warmth and comfort, but holds a suggestion of unease and threat, keeping a guard up as protection from its surroundings.
The photographs in "Foreign Fruit" explore the artistâ€™s fragile relationship with her sense of self, place, identity, and the distinction between expectation and reality.
Ciurej is currently pursuing her MFA degree in photography at the Department of Art + Art History, UHM.
Image: Kelly Ciurej, "Foreign Fruit," 2015. Courtesy of the artist.
Gallery Hours / M-F 10 am â€“ 4 pm; Sun. 12 â€“ 4 pm Closed Sat. Admission to exhibition is free. Parking fees may apply.
Art + Art History, Mānoa Campus
Sharon Tasaka, (808) 956-8364, email@example.com, http://www.hawaii.edu/art/exhibitions+events/exhibitions/?p=1592
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