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Culture clash

A mural at the Hawaii Convention Center triggers a discussion over depictions of Hawaiian culture

By Christine Donnelly

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 29, 2013

~~<p>Now that the sculpture &quot;Forgotten Inheritance&quot; is back in full view at the Hawaii Convention Center, the urgent debate that rightly focused on the artist's right to free expression should give way to a broader dialogue that also raises awareness about how Hawaii's indigenous culture is depicted in art, commerce and daily life.</p>
<p>There was no hope of that occurring while the Hans Ladislaus mural was shrouded in heavy black cloth, but resolving the censorship issue opens the way to a deeper dialogue that goes far beyond objections to any single artwork.</p>
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Now that the sculpture "Forgotten Inheritance" is back in full view at the Hawaii Convention Center, the urgent debate that rightly focused on the artist's right to free expression should give way to a broader dialogue that also raises awareness about how Hawaii's indigenous culture is depicted in art, commerce and daily life.

There was no hope of that occurring while the Hans Ladislaus mural was shrouded in heavy black cloth, but resolving the censorship issue opens the way to a deeper dialogue that goes far beyond objections to any single artwork. Login for more...



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