The University of Otago has announced its line up of keynote presenters and speakers from New Zealand, Japan, Samoa, Australia and the United States who will present at ‘The Art of Shigeyuki Kihara: A Research Symposium’, to be held on Saturday 4 May 2013.
Shigeyuki Kihara: Undressing the Pacific
Hocken Library, University of Otago
20 April – 8 June 2013
Undressing the Pacific is a mid-career survey exhibition of photographic and performance works by Shigeyuki Kihara that spans more than a decade of her prodigious career. The title of the exhibition references the centrality of ‘undressing’ or subversion as a strategy in Kihara’s works, which ‘undress’ the colonial histories of Samoa, and, her use of dress (and states of undress) as a means to reveal the complex interplay of political power, globalization, cultural identity and gender in contemporary post-colonial societies.
In her ‘Fa’afafine: In the Manner of a Woman’ series (2005), late nineteenth-century cross-cultural representations of Samoan woman as ‘native belles’ are subverted by Kihara through a mimicry which sees the artist posing as a semi-clad model in remakes of earlier stereotypical studio photographs. The Victorian mourning dress donned by Kihara in many of the performances that are the basis of her work, is based on the garment worn by the female subject of Thomas Andrew’s photograph ‘Samoan Half Caste’ (1886). This impractical and restrictive dress, introduced to Samoa by Victorian missionaries in the late nineteenth century, can be seen in ‘Taualuga: The Last Dance’ (2006-2011), and, in Kihara’s most recent photographic series ‘Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?’ (2013).
Kihara’s recognition as a significant artist of international repute continues to grow. In 2008 her work was exhibited at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Last year she received a New Generation Award from the Arts Foundation and a Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award that will see her take up residence in New York in the later half of 2013. Despite the accolades, the Hocken exhibition is the first time Kihara’s work has ever been shown in a public gallery in the South Island.
Shigeyuki Kihara’s 2013 solo exhibition – at Milford Galleries Dunedin (New Zealand) – examines Samoan culture and society following the tsunami of 2009, 2012′s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Samoa’s independence and most recently, the destruction caused by Cyclone Evan… Read more…
A mid-career survey exhibition, 20 April – 8 June 2013.
Free artist talk: 10am, Saturday 20 April 2013.
The Art of Shigeyuki Kihara: A Research Symposium: Saturday 4 May 2013.
The Hocken, University of Otago, Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Call for Proposals
The Art of Shigeyuki Kihara: A Research Symposium
The University of Otago
Saturday 4 May 2013
The recent award of the Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award and a New Generation Award from the Arts Foundation signals Shigeyuki Kihara’s growing recognition as a significant international artist, whose dynamic career includes, amongst others: a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2008); performances staged at such leading institutions as the Musée du Quai Branly, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand; and works featured in the Asia Pacific Triennial, Auckland Triennial and the upcoming Sakahan Quinquennial held at the National Gallery of Canada in May 2013.
Of Samoan and Japanese heritage, Kihara interrogates the ways that art, performance, and the public interact and prompt dialogue about understanding the complexities of humanity. Her oeuvre includes photographs, dance performance, video installations, and interactive community performances. Kihara’s work comments on issues such as colonialism, European representations of indigenous peoples, gender, globalization, sexual minorities in the Pacific, and tourism.
In order to stimulate original research into the work of Shigeyuki Kihara, a public symposium will be held at the University of Otago on Saturday 4 May. Sponsored by the Cultures, Histories and Identities in Film, Media and Literature Research Network of the University of Otago, this symposium coincides with a mid-career survey exhibition that will be held at the Hocken Collections (20 April to 8 June 2013).
This symposium will broadly interrogate Kihara’s creative work, artistic development, and the critical issues that it raises from diverse disciplinary perspectives. A key outcome of this symposium will be the publication of an edited, peer-reviewed quality-assured volume about Kihara’s broad body of work. Participation in the symposium will enable the volume’s authors to develop their ideas in critical dialogue with each other. Presentations selected for inclusion in the volume will be required to submit their completed manuscripts for review by 1 August 2013.
If you are interested in contributing to this symposium, please send a proposal (up to 300 words) and a 100-word biography. Your proposal should elaborate your research topic and clarify distinctive aspects of your disciplinary or methodological approach. In developing your proposal, keep in mind that both the symposium and the planned publication are being developed with the intention of attracting a diverse audience that encompasses academia, the New Zealand art world, the general public, and the Pacific community.
Proposals are due on 1 March in order to complete selection of participants by 10 March. Please send your proposals and any queries to: email@example.com
Deadline for Proposals: 1 March 2013
You Call This Art happened on Wednesday, 3 October at the Cloud, Queens Wharf, Auckland Central. This event featured three artists, awarded the previous evening at the 2012 Macquarie Private Wealth New Zealand Arts Awards (Ruia Aperahama, Shigiyuki Kihara and Fiona Samuel). More information can be found on The Arts Foundation website.