Guest Artist

Mele Murals - Screening and Q&A with Tadashi Nakamura

Location: Room 1515 (The Forum), Kresge Hall (Map it)

Mele Murals is a documentary about the transformative power of art through the unlikely union of graffiti and ancient Hawaiian culture. At the center of this story are the artists Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime), and a group of Native Hawaiian youth from the rural community of Waimea, HI. Together they create a mural that addresses the ill effects of environmental changes and encroaching modernization on their native culture. Mele Murals shows how public art combined with Native Hawaiian traditions transforms the students, the local community and, unexpectedly, the two artists as they rediscover their own identities and responsibilities as Hawaiian artists.

View the Mele Murals trailer here:

Screening of the film will be followed by a Q&A with the director, Tadashi Nakamura, and Nitasha Sharma, Northwestern Associate Professor of Asian American Studies, African American Studies, and Performance Studies.

This event is co-presented by Northwestern's Asian American Studies Program, the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, the Native American and Indigenous Peoples Steering Committee, the Arts Circle, and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

Ticket Information

Free and open to the public.