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hapa.me – 15 Years of the hapa project

April 7 - October 28, 2018

Artist Kip Fulbeck’s 2006 exhibition, kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa, remains one of the most popular in JANM’s history, setting attendance records before traveling throughout the US and abroad. The exhibition broke new ground in exploring identity through photographic portraits of mixed-race subjects, paired with the participants’ handwritten responses to the typical question, “What are you?”

Since the show’s launch, America’s mixed-race population has grown exponentially, with awareness of mixed-race issues dramatically increasing alongside. Fulbeck addresses this progress with his highly anticipated follow-up project, hapa.me. In this new exhibition, the original photographs and statements from the 2006 exhibition are paired with current portraits of the same individuals and newly written statements, showing not only their physical changes over 15 years, but also changes in their perspectives and outlooks on the world. The stark, plain format of the photographs remains the same, allowing viewers to focus on the distinctive features of the subjects.

In addition, hapa.me includes portraits of hundreds of new participants as well as an interactive section where viewers can join the community by having their portrait taken and writing their own personal statement. A 200-page color catalog will be published in conjunction, featuring essays by hapa luminaries Velina Hasu Houston, Cindie Nakashima, Keao NeSmith, and Paul Spickard.

Kip Fulbeck is a professor of art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received the university’s Distinguished Teaching Award. He has authored five books including part asian, 100% hapa and Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids, and has exhibited his artwork in over 20 countries. Fulbeck has been featured on CNN, MTV, Voice of America, The New York Times, The TODAY Show, and various NPR shows.

 

 

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