Isabella Ellaheh Hughes

headshotIsabella Ellaheh Hughes is the Artistic Director and Co-founder of the Honolulu Biennial Foundation, in addition to being a curator, editor and critic focused on art from the Asian continent, Pacific and their Diasporas. She’s written for a variety of printed and online publications, including: ArtAsiaPacific, Brownbook, Contemporary Practices, Frieze, Harper’s Art Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz and Whitehot Magazine. A frequent contributor to and editor of books and exhibition catalogues, she is the editor of the monograph, “Sama Alshaibi: Sand Rushes In” (Aperture Foundation, 2015) and Barjeel Art Foundation’s 5th anniversary exhibition catalogue, “aide-mémoire: footnotes (Part II)” (Barjeel Art Foundation, 2015). Hughes has an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Art History from Boston University. She’s served as a nominator for the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship Program and Abraaj Capital Art Prize, as well as a juror for the YICCA 2013 International Contest of Contemporary Art and Art Omi International 2015’s visual artist residency program.  Interview conducted by Diana Lehr.

Hasan Elahi’s ‘Peak,’ image courtesy of Chris Roher

Hasan Elahi’s ‘Peak,’ image courtesy of Chris Roher, “Chain of Fire,” co-curated with Dr. KJ Baysa in 2014.

Drew Broderick's 'Our Kaka'ako,' image courtesey of Chris Roher

Drew Broderick’s ‘Our Kaka’ako,’ image courtesy of Chris Roher from “Chain of Fire,” co-curated with Dr. KJ Baysa in 2014.