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Future Ancestors, Installation View, YBC

Art 25/Future Ancestors at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as part of AFTER LIFE (we survive),
image by Tommy Lau, 2020

Art 25: Art in the 25th Century

Art 25: Art in the 25th Century is a dynamic collective comprised of artists Lisa Jarrett (Portland, OR) Lehua M. Taitano (Santa Rosa, CA), and Jocelyn Kapumealani Ng (Honolulu, HI). It is the culmination of years (and ancestral lifetimes) of shared curiosity, vision, and an outright insistence to see their culture thrive within contemporary art. Art 25 investigates how Indigenous and Black art lives in the 21st century and collaborates with contemporary artists worldwide who envision how it will flourish in the 25th century and beyond. In forming a future archive, the collective interrogates historical access, curation, collection, consumption, and preservation of Indigenous and Black art and culture.

Art 25 has been featured in exhibitions by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Orí Gallery, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley, and forthcoming projects with Delisted.

Future Ancestors


For Art 25’s Future Ancestors project, Lisa Jarrett and Lehua M. Taitano traveled to Oahu, Hawai’i, to talk story and collaborate with artist Jocelyn Kapumealani Ng in her community of Honolulu. Together they focused on physical transformation, incorporating cultural mythologies, embodiments, and projections that represent present-day Future Ancestors. By imagining and embodying these roles the artists claim their ancestral histories and simultaneously construct a contemporary conversation about survival and representation across borders, space, and time. The exhibit includes large-scale photographs that document their interactions as well as audio recordings of their story. Photography by Bryan Kamaoli Kuwada. Courtesy of Art 25.

Installation views at YBCA and Ori Gallery​. YBCA exhibit documentation by Tommy Lau. Ori Gallery exhibit documentation by Mario Gallucci.

Listen to the Future Ancestors Sound installation on SoundCloud

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