A Lecture by Shigeyuki Kihara
Urban Pacific: Contemporary Indigenous Cultures from New Zealand and the Pacific
November 21 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU,
8 Washington Mews New York, NY 10003 United States
A native of Samoa, Shigeyuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines the notions surrounding gender, history, and representation in post-colonial societies. Her solo exhibition, Shigeyuki Kihara: Living Photographs (2008-9), was the MET’s first exhibition of contemporary Samoan art. This Fall, Kihara is in residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program.
Kihara will discuss a thriving contemporary urban movement amongst Maori and Pacific Islander communities from New Zealand.
Chief Dwaine C. Perry (Ramapough Lenape Nation) provides a special welcome and Mario A. Caro (NYU Draper Program) leads the conversation.
Talofa lava and Greetings
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) exhibition introduces work by Shigeyuki Kihara – to be accompanied by an upcoming performance and artist talk later in October 2013.
Shigeyuki Kihara is one of seven artists taking part in the Watch and Talk Artist Residency as part of the Belluard Bollwerk International festival 2013.
Belluard Bollwerk International is an arts festival that takes place every year in the city of Fribourg, Switzerland. This year’s festival dates are 28 June to 7 July 2013.
Talofa lava and greetings,
As part of this update, please find following links to the Shigeyuki Kihara Undressing the Pacific – e-Catalogue developed and presented at the Hocken Library University of Otago (NZ); and links to press clippings and reviews of the most recent series Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? (2013) presented at Milford Galleries Dunedin (NZ), published in The Listener (NZ) and the Otago Daily Times (NZ), for your reference.
If you would like a hard copy of the Undressing the Pacific fold-out color catalogue please contact Sarah Snelling (email email@example.com).
Highlights of my upcoming international projects include:
Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art
17 May to 2 September 2013
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
The Sakahàn quinquennial exhibition is curated under the leadership of Greg Hill, Candice Hopkins and Christine Lalonde from the National Gallery of Canada. Official New Zealand artists represented include Taika Waititi, Brett Graham, Rachael Rakana, Michael Parekowhai and Shigeyuki Kihara. My series of self-portraiture photographs acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2008 is being loaned and exhibited for the Sakahàn exhibition. I will be travelling to Canada to participate in the opening reception and public programs held in association with the exhibition, courtesy of Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand.
Lips Painted Red
22 June to 15 September 2013
Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway
Lips Painted Red is curated by Pontus Kyander, director of Trondheim Kunstmuseum. I will be travelling to Norway to participate in the opening reception and public programs held in association with the exhibition, courtesy of Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand.
salt 8: Shigeyuki Kihara
2 August to 5 January 2013
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, USA
salt 8: Shigeyuki Kihara is curated by Whitney Tassie, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. This is my first solo museum exhibition in the western USA, where a selection of my works ranging from a performance DVD to a series of photographs will be exhibited in the museum’s salt gallery and Pacific collections gallery. A live performance of Taualuga: the last dance will be re-staged on the occasion of the solo exhibition, alongside a series of talks and lectures presented at the museum and the University of Utah.
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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.