Kodiakans may remember Kaplan primarily as a filmmaker, who scored a hit in Alaska with her short skateboarding documentary spoof. But while here she also studied Alutiiq mask-carving with Sven Haakanson and visual arts with Bonnie Dillard.
Hannah, the daughter of Marita and Dave Kaplan, moved to Berlin after graduation.
Her exhibition includes masks influenced by the Native tradition of Kodiak.
“As a non-Alutiiq, I felt that this was such a sacred tradition and something that I maybe didn't have the right to reproduce,” Kaplan wrote in an online commentary. “My objective is to explore that uncomfortable feeling I have towards the Alutiiq culture and my own identity, and hopefully down the line I will be able to find myself in the masks that I create.”
Examples of Kaplan’s recent work can be viewed at www.artconnectberlin.com.