Nov 4 – Dec 9, 2016
Opening Reception Fri, Nov 4, 5 pm
Mon – Fri, 10 am – 4 pm
Flowhana: photographs of the Hawaiʻi Fire Artists offers an inside view into the unique world of fire performance art. The photographs showcased in this exhibition aim to visually inform and enlighten those who are unfamiliar with the flow arts, with fire performance, and the burner subculture.
The photographs were taken at the annual Fire Drums festival in Calaveras County, California. As well as in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi at Fire Jam, a weekly event where flow artists can practice and perform their art with their peers.
Michael Amato is a senior photography student at the University of Connecticut. As a photographer and a student, he has always been interested in subcultures and counter cultures. For two months Michael travelled and lived with the Hawaiʻi Fire Artists in an attempt to better understand their passion for the flow arts, and to encapsulate that understanding into a concise body of work. These photographs are the product of that attempt. This creative project was funded by the OUR: SURF Award.