Isotopia Pacifica, Stéfane Perraud
 Collaboration with Aram Kebabdjian

November 26, 2017 - February 9, 2018
Mānoa Campus, Art Building, The Art Gallery

The Art Gallery at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM) presents a contemporary art exhibition that highlights the collaboration of French artist Stéfane Perraud and writer Aram Kebabdjian and their recent work in the Pacific islands.

Isotopia is a fictional volcanic island invented by trans-media artist Stéfane Perraud and writer/collaborator Aram Kebabdjian. They describe an island with a military base somewhere between the 62nd and 63rd parallels—far from the normal sea routes—and populated by a few scientists, inhabitants, and a few visionaries. Perraud and Kebabdjian first explored this mirage in 2014 during an exhibition in La Malterie, in Lille, France. At the Galerie de Roussan, Paris, 2015, they hunted for isotopes on Isotopia.

In November 2017, the duo intends to investigate the possible links between Isotopia and the Hawaiian Islands. Perraud and Kebabdjian employ literary and sculptural machines that depict the immense power of the isotope and the legacy of the development of modern nuclear energy. Faux artifacts of the Cold War tests and secret bases in the Pacific are presented as clues to nefarious military operations—lost fleets of secret submarines, errant nuclear missiles, and a mega-reactor producing the un-seeable phenomenon of Blue Gorgon.

Special events:

All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, November 26:

2:00–3:00 p.m., Gallery walk-through with Stéfane Perraud

3:00–5:00 p.m., Opening reception

Tuesday, November 28:

3:00–4:00 p.m., Gallery walk-through with Stéfane Perraud

Thursday, November 30:

4:30–6:30 p.m., Public lecture by Stéfane Perraud, Art Building, Room 101

Sponsors: University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts + Humanities; Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i or grants from the National Endowment for the Arts;Student Activity & Program Fee Board, UHM; Student Athletic Fee Committee, UHM; and supported by Waikiki Parc Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; and anonymous donors.

Hours: Mon. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; Sun. 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. By appointment: Dec. 17, 2017 – Jan. 8, 2018. Contact: Rod Bengston, gallery director ; 808-956-6079 Closed: Saturdays; Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23; non-instructional day, Nov. 24; Christmas Eve, Dec. 24; Christmas Day, Dec. 25; New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31; New Year’s Day, Jan. 1; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Jan. 15. Image:

Stéfane Perraud

"Bleu Gorgone #02," 2016

Courtesy of the artist.

Ticket Information
Admission is free. Donations are appreciated. Parking fees may apply.

Event Sponsor
Art + Art History, Mānoa Campus

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