Talofa lava and Greetings

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on September 6, 2008 by shigeyukikihara

Welcome to the website of Shigeyuki Kihara, a leading Samoan-born interdisciplinary artist currently based between Apia, Samoa; Auckland, New Zealand; and Sydney, Australia.


‘The Papālagi (White people)’ – a new work by Yuki Kihara coming soon in 2016

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2015 by duskygeisha

The Papalagi White people

‘Project Banaba’ – a joint exhibition by Yuki Kihara & Katerina Teaiwa commissioned by Carriageworks, Sydney Australia

Posted in Uncategorized on November 18, 2015 by duskygeisha


‘Project Banaba’

A joint exhibition by Yuki Kihara and Katerina Teaiwa

Research & development 2016 & Exhibition presentation 2017
Commissioned by Carriageworks, Sydney Australia

From 1900 to 1980 the Australian, New Zealand and British phosphate companies mined the island of Banaba in the Republic of Kiribati for phosphate. As a result, the island was rendered uninhabitable and the Banabans were relocated to the island of Rabi in Fiji. Yuki Kihara (Samoa/NZ) and Katerina Teaiwa (Banaba/FJ/AUS) will bring together historical archives and new work that will shed light on this history and its ongoing impact on Banaban communities.

Katerina Martina Teaiwa is Pacific studies convener and Head of the Department of Gender, Media and Cultural Studies in the School of Culture, History, and Language at the Australian National University (ANU). Her book entitled ‘Consuming Ocean Island; Stories of the People and Phosphate from Banaba’ was published by Indiana University Press in 2015. Born and raised in the Fiji islands, she is of Banaban, I-Kiribati, and African American heritage.

Image: ‘Banaba before and after mining’ Photographs by Lilian Arundel. Courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington New Zealand.

Click here for more information on ‘Project Banaba’ via Carriageworks website




‘Standing on the edge of the abyss; Shigeyuki Kihara, catalyst for change’ – Essay by Maia Nuku published in Broadsheet Visual Art + Culture Journal

Posted in Uncategorized on November 17, 2015 by duskygeisha

‘Standing on the edge of the abyss; Shigeyuki Kihara, catalyst for change’ is a title of an essay written by Maia Nuku featured in the Broadsheet Visual Art + Culture Journal published by Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia (CACSA) .

Maia Nuku is Evelyn A. J. Hall and John A. Friede Associate Curator for Oceanic Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

You can download the essay here:




Posted in Uncategorized on November 13, 2015 by duskygeisha

151029 Art Monthly No 285 - Yuki Kihara low res (1)

‘Fa’afafine towards decolonization’ (3 June 2015) panel discussion at Art Gallery of NSW, Australia

Posted in Uncategorized on November 13, 2015 by duskygeisha

Fa’afafine is a Sāmoan word used to broadly describe those who are gifted in the spirit of more than one gender. The word is also used to broadly describe those in the Sāmoan community who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual and Intersexed persons in the Western context. Moderated by leading interdisciplinary artist Shigeyuki Kihara (whose work is displayed in the Go East exhibition), this panel brought together leading Australia-based Sāmoan Fa’afafine – human rights advocate Tuisina Ymania Brown, lawyer Phineas Hartson and curator Léuli Eshraghi – to discuss the Sāmoan Fa’afafine experience in the postcolonial era both in the Sāmoan Islands and the diaspora.

You can listen to the panel discussion here:

8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4, 2015 by duskygeisha

The silent performance video work entitled ‘Siva in Motion’ (2012) together with 6 works from the photographic series entitled ‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’ (2013) acquired by Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane Australia is featured in the upcoming 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8).

In addition to my exhibition at APT8, I will be presenting an Artist talk and speaking in the APT8 conference and the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand conference.

Follow the links for more information here:





‘Them and Us’ (2015) dance piece co-directed by Yuki Kihara & Jochen Roller premiered at the Sophiensaele Theater in Berlin on the 16th September 2015 touring 13 shows across 5 cities in Germany and Switzerland

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2015 by duskygeisha

I recently co-directed a full-length dance piece entitled ‘Them and Us’ (2015) with choreographer Jochen Roller (Berlin) featuring dancers from the Tatau Dance Group (Auckland) which premiered at the Sophiensaele Theater in Berlin on the 16th September 2015 touring 13 shows across 5 cities in Germany and Switzerland. ‘Them and Us’ explored the postcolonial history before, during and after the German colonization of Samoa between 1900 till 1914 and it’s ramifications in contemporary German society; while exploring the choreographic similarities in the slap dances between the Germany schuplattler and the Samoan fa’ataupati.

Artistic Direction: Jochen Roller and Yuki Kithara
Dancers: Lafaele Fagasa, Malili Tautala, Paul Tuisaula (Tatau Dance Group)
Video: Andrea Keiz
Lighting design: Marek Lamprecht
Assistant: Laura Böttinger
Press & Production: björn & björn

Production: Jochen Roller. Coproduction: SOPHIENSAELE Berlin, Theater Roxy Birsfelden, Theater Freiburg and FFT Düsseldorf. Funded by Capital Cultural Fund, Berlin.

With friendly support from the Fachausschuss Theater and Dance Basel City/Basel Region, Creative New Zealand and the Goethe-Institut New Zealand.

You can watch the TV coverage (in German) here:





Them and Us Kampnagel


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