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Clement S. Hanami

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Goon Squad Garage featuring the Rice Rocket, 2016 Mixed Media Installation Varies © Clement S. Hanami
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Goon Squad Garage featuring the Rice Rocket, 2016 Mixed Media Installation Varies © Clement S. Hanami
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Rice Rocket, 2006 - 16 Mixed Media Sculpture 4' X 10' X 6' © Clement S. Hanami
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The Allegory of Moby Dick or the Oceanic Feeling of Whiteness, 2015 Mixed Media Installation Varies © Clement S. Hanami
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The Allegory of Moby Dick or the Oceanic Feeling of Whiteness, 2015 Mixed Media Installation Varies © Clement S. Hanami
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Through the Looking Glass of Moving at the Speed of Light (rail), 2009 Mixed Media Installation Varies © Clement S. Hanami
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Through the Looking Glass of Moving at the Speed of Light (rail), 2009 Mixed Media Installation Varies © Clement S. Hanami
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White Elephant, 2007 Video Installation 12' X 15' X 17' © Clement Hanami
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Los Angeles
Birth year
1961
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works in
Los Angeles
Schools
UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles)
Statement

I am not the model minority. In fact, the contradictions that I embody as a Japanese American artist fuel the diverse body of work. Growing up in East Los Angeles, I was influenced as much by Chicano art and the local punk music scene as I was by my Japanese American cultural heritage. The question of identity—specifically individual identity shaped and experienced in a diverse society—is the central focus of my work. I address such issues as ethnic stereotypes presented through popular media, the way that identity is effaced or obscured through globalism and rampant consumerism, and the difficulty of remembering and retelling painful or traumatic personal and community histories. By critically engaging with technology and contemporary media, I produce work that aspires to engage viewers emotionally, provide situations that encourage candid discussion, and in doing so, reveal contemporary meaning to past histories that are personal, authentic, and interconnected.