Malama Pono, a new series of images by photographer Britten Traughber, is scheduled to debut at Jan Brandt Gallery in Bloomington, IL on May 25th, 2013. This campaign is aimed at raising half the funds needed to produce, print, mat and frame the show.
Since moving to the Big Island two years ago, Britten has become friends with many resilient women, who have shared their stories with her. The images in Malama Pono are based on these stories, creative re-interpretations in which the narrator herself has often modeled for her own story. Anonymous stories, or stories told in secret, have been interpreted using models.
"Malama Pono" often translates as "It's all good" or in this case "Please Take Care". It is Britten's goal that this work will celebrate the lives of the women who have so graciously trusted their stories to her, while bringing light to the often unspoken hardships and struggles of everyday life in Hawaii.
Through this campaign I'm aiming to raise half the cost of this show. The other half of my budget (plus travel to the mainland for the show and any unforeseen additional costs) is being covered by my two "real" jobs that have funded this endeavor thus far.
Plans are being made for future exhibits on the mainland, and any amount raised over the goal will go toward creating a traveling show specifically to be shown on the Hawaiian Islands.
Printing is being done locally on the Big Island. These prints will come on the plane with me to Illinois and be framed shortly before the show opens. All frames, glass and matting will be prepared ahead of time in Illinois by local businesses. After the exhibit the show will be crated and hopefully sent out to its next venue!
Due to the challenges of creating work on an island and presenting it thousands of miles away, I've had to get creative with materials, time and my budget. I believe in the power of this show so much. Please help me share this work with a larger audience & celebrate the stories of these amazing women. Thank you for your support!