Analyzing contemporary art and film produced alongside resistance to military occupation, social movements for agrarian reform, and anti-colonial national liberation struggles, Aaron’s research rearticulates 1960s and 1970s Land Art through the interdependent contexts of U.S. settler colonialism and imperialism. His dissertation, “Aloha ‘Āina as Medium: Land, Art, and Sovereignty in Post-Statehood Hawai‘i,” constructs a counter-institutional lineage of visual culture advancing Hawaiian sovereignty and self-determination from the 1960s into the speculative future. His work has appeared in Third Text, caa.reviews, Pacific Arts, and Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography.
Aaron is a haole (white, non-Native) scholar based in occupied Hawai‘i and on Tongva and Acjachemen lands in the area now known as Southern California. He earned a B.A. from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2018, graduating summa cum laudewith Honors in Art History and a certificate in Environmental Studies. His arts-based practice is Hillside Slides.