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photograph by Chris Rohrer for Magazine B


"At what point does our culture turn into mythology - does our ancestry become stories we tell our children before they go to sleep? At what distance do our homelands become dreamlands? Does our blood begin to speak a different language? Or do our bones turn to milk?"

Dane Nakama (b. 1999, Honolulu, Hawai'i) is a Japanese-Uchinanchu ceramicist, painter, and educator from O'ahu, Hawai'i, currently based on Tongva land, Los Angeles California. Nakama addresses subjects of cultural hybridity, settler colonialism, and ancestral knowledge through the dreamy multicultural aesthetic of their childhood. They are also one of the founding members of fishschool Hawai'i education space and ceramics studio. Nakama received a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts and is a current UCLA MFA candidate in ceramics. They have taught workshops and participated in numerous group/ solo exhibitions in Hawai'i, Los Angeles, Miami, and Tokyo.

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