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International Biennials beckon Shigeyuki Kihara

Posted in News on September 17, 2014 by secretnaomi

International art biennials in Korea and Hawai’i will feature photographic and moving image works by Shigeyuki Kihara this year. Earlier this month, Shigeyuki was in Korea for the Daegu Photo Biennale and at the end of October, the prologue exhibition opens for the inaugural Honolulu Biennial. Read more here…

Solo exhibitions in Wellington

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2014 by secretnaomi

Shigeyuki Kihara is pleased to have two solo exhibitions featuring in Wellington, to coincide with the New Zealand Festival.

Culture for Sale
City Gallery Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
1 February to 30 March 2014

Read the media release here…


Shigeyuki Kihara: Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
Pataka Art + Museum
Porirua, New Zealand
16 February to 25 May 2014

Read the media release here…

salt 8 at Utah Museum of Fine Arts

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on August 1, 2013 by secretnaomi

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.

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Belluard Festival 2013

Posted in News with tags , , , , on June 20, 2013 by secretnaomi

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.

Update on exhibitions in North America and Norway

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on April 27, 2013 by shigeyukikihara

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

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.

Thanks for taking the time to read my update and I hope that this may contribute to your area of research. You’re welcome to share these files with your colleagues.

Keep in touch,


List of presenters announced for University of Otago research symposium

Posted in News with tags , , , on April 25, 2013 by secretnaomi

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.

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Undressing the Pacific

Posted in News with tags , , on March 18, 2013 by shigeyukikihara

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.

Shigeyuki Kihara exhibition flyer


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.

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