Josh Tengan

Joshua Thomas Kekulamanu Tengan
is a Honolulu-based independent curator and writer from Pauoa, Kona, Oʻahu, with a focus is on contemporary art from Hawaiʻi, Moananuiākea, and that of its diasporic communities. 



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Notes from Kahoʻolawe,
Ka Paeʻāina o Hawaiʻi, Moananuiākea


co-authored with Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick, this essay connects communities land-struggle movement across Ka Paeʻāina o Hawaiʻi  – Kahoʻolawe, Kanaloa, Mauna Kea, Mākua – to spaces across Moanauiākea – Ihumātao, Tāmaki Makaurau, and Kaurna Lands.


Mahalo nui to guest editors and friends, Léuli and Kimberley.


Published in ARTLINK Australia
Issue 40:2 | June 2020
INDIGENOUS Kin Constellations ed. Léuli Eshrāghi & Kimberley Moulton


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September 21, 2020



Ihumātao, Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. A growing occupation by Māori, especially the iwi of Māngere, and their allies to protect and conserve the whenua from a high‐cost housing development planned by Fletcher Building.



Becoming Our Future


This book investigates international Indigenous methodologies in curatorial practice from the geographic spaces of Canada, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Australia. From a perspective of Indigenous peoples important place within society, this collection explores how Indigenous art and culture operate within and from a structural framework that is unique and is positioned outside of the non-Indigenous cultural milieu. Through a selection of contributions, Becoming Our Future articulates this perspective, defines Indigenous curatorial practice and celebrates Indigenous sovereignty within the three countries. It begins to explore the connections and historical moments that draw Indigenous curatorial practices together and the differences that set them apart. This knowledge is grounded in continuous international exchanges and draws on the breadth of work within the field.

With contributions from Nigel Borell, Freja Carmichael, Karl Chitham, Nici Cumpston, Léuli Eshra ̄ghi, Reuben Friend, Jarita Greyeyes, Ioana Gordon-Smith, Dr. Heather Igloliorte, Jaimie Isaac, Carly Lane, Cathy Mattes, Kimberley Moulton, Lisa Myers, Dr. Julie Nagam, Dr. Jolene Rickard, Megan Tamati-Quennell, Josh Tengan and Daina Warren.


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June 2020






How Photographer Nakemiah Williams Heals Trauma Through Polaroids


Profile on artist Kiki Williams

“Perhaps there is some truth to adages about time.

Time heals the pain.

Time is a gift.

Or maybe it’s more about how we use our time, which determines whether or not we can truly heal and be a gift to others.”


Published in FLUX Hawaiʻi
Issue 38: Time
April 2020

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April 1, 2020



Bodily Code Series (2019-2020). Kiki Williams. Polaroid and thread.



He Hae Hōʻailona Ia
The Flag is a Sign


Aupuni Space
Koa Gallery
Jan 17 – Feb 15, 2020


Artists: Bernice Akamine, Drew Kahuʻāina Broderick & Sancia Shiba, Nanea Lum, Lehuauakea Fernandez, Josiah Kekoanui Patterson, Jane Chang Mi, Four Unknown Makers from Luzon


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January 17, 2020



Hae Hawaiʻi: Haumea (2020). Bernice Akamine. Kapa, sewn.



ICI Curatorial Intensive
Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland


Independent Curators International Artspace Auckland


Jul 27 – Aug 4, 2019





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August 4, 2019