Karen Elizabeth Baker

Da Babi'i

The Da Babi’i images playfully tease the generalized perception of the “Hawaiian Vacation”. Da Babi’i, a handmade sock-simian, begins as the anchor and winds up as the foil, the narrator for the concept of constructed ethnicity-for-tourism, where exotic cultures are reconstructed for entertainment. Da Babi’i isn’t simply the guy at the edge of the snapshot; he is the guide through the snapshot’s uneasy world.

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