Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts
The Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts presents contemporary works by emerging and established artists and curators. Through our public program series, we provide a multitude of opportunities to engage with thought-provoking and inspiring exhibitions, artists and artwork.
The Mills is a flexible gallery space for visual and performance art that has given curators and artists the opportunity to bring their vision to life.
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Lani Asunción, Big Luau Give Back Aloha | Photo by Sasha Pedro
January 20–April 13, 2024
Duty-Free Paradise (DFP) (2020-23) plays on the tensions between lived and imagined Hawai‘i. Through the lens of tourism, around which the Islands’ economy heavily circulates, this work explores the contradictions between perceptions and realities of island life as a paradise constructed through American pop culture, underwritten by militarism and biopolitics.
As a Filipinx-American who grew up in Hawai‘i, now living in Boston, Artist Studio Residen Lani Asunción offers an exposition of Boston’s complicated history with Hawai‘i. Through honoring Kānaka Maoli culture and the Filipinx diaspora, they embody characters that critique colonialism and imperialism with a compelling sense of ritualistic care.
Photo by Melissa Blackall