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Karin Ingersoll

Karin Ingersoll is a Kanaka Maoli independent scholar, writer, and surfer based in Honolulu, Hawaii.
1 Ingersoll, K. A. (2016). Waves of Knowing: A Seascape Epistemology. Duke University Press.


In her 2016 book Waves of Knowing: A Seascape Epistemology1 Karin Ingersoll marks a critical turn away from land-based geographies to centre the ocean as a place. Developing the concept of seascape epistemology, she articulates an indigenous Hawaiian way of knowing founded on a sensorial, intellectual, and embodied literacy of the ocean. As the source from which Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiians) draw their essence and identity, the sea is foundational to Kanaka epistemology and ontology.

In 2023, Levy invited Karin Ingersoll to create a piece to accompany her film "We Marry You, O Sea, As a Sign of True and Perpetual Dominion." The outcome is not an analysis of the work or the customary art text accompanying an exhibition but rather a narrative that expands on the work's inquiries, reflecting Ingersoll's approaches and perspectives.

Text Designed by Grégory Taniguchi-Ambos
Text Designed by Grégory Taniguchi-Ambos

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