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.


APT8 Artist Talk @ QAGOMA TV

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2016 by duskygeisha

Shigeyuki (Yuki) Kihara discusses her work, which explores gender, history and representation in contemporary Pacific societies.
Yuki Kihara’s cinematic photographs ‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’ 2013 find the artist adopting the persona of a fictional nineteenth-century Samoan woman, posed in historic and iconic sites in Samoa following the tragic Tsunami Galu Afi (2009) and Cyclone Evan (2012). They highlight the historical and cultural occupation of this landscape and the challenges faced by the isolated island nation as it struggles to assert an independent presence in the world. Kihara’s ongoing concern with performance is also apparent in her mesmerising video Siva in Motion 2012, in which the artist re-enacts the tsunami through taualuga — carefully choreographed and eloquent movements of the hands to narrate a story or event.
The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s flagship exhibition focussed on the work of Asia, the Pacific and Australia | 21 November 2015 – 10 April 2016



Taualuga; The Last Dance at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

Posted in Uncategorized on February 19, 2016 by duskygeisha

This video depicts a performance work Taualuga: The Last Dance, 2006 by Samoan/Japanese artist Shigeyuki Kihara. It was presented at Te Papa in February 2012 for the opening of art exhibition Collecting Contemporary and was first time it had been performed in New Zealand.


Yuki Kihara and John Pule – a joint exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, NZ

Posted in Uncategorized on December 10, 2015 by duskygeisha


Storytelling, Pacific histories and politics are powerful drivers in the artwork of John Pule and Yuki Kihara. Follow the arresting narrative in Pule’s 18-part drawing Death of a God, which offers an account of anthropologist Dr Edwin Loeb’s early 20th-century fieldwork in Niue, and see Kihara’s clever critique of the pseudo-science of anthropometry – the measurement of the human individual – in her photographic series, A Study of a Samoan Savage.

Date: Sat 12 Dec 2015 — Sun 15 May 2016
Curated by Ron Brownson
Location: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Ground level corridor
Cost: Free entry

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‘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)


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