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ethKnowcentrix exhibition opens at October Gallery, London

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on September 9, 2009 by secretnaomi

ethKnowcentrix flyer

The long-awaited opening of the ‘ethKnowcentrix: Museums Inside the Artist’ group exhibition, featuring works by Lisa Reihana, Rosanna Raymond, George Nuku and Shigeyuki Kihara, finally opens with a Polynesian welcome ceremony and opening reception on 9 September, at October Gallery in London!

Look out for the Artist Forum at the October Gallery on 12 September featuring an exciting line-up of international artist presentations including:
Isaac Julian
Malika Booker
Noel Wallas
Raimi Gbadamosi
Lisa Reihana
Rosanna Raymond
George Nuku
Shigeyuki Kihara

Find out more about the ethKnowcentrix Artists’ Forum. Also – look out for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition!

For more information please visit:

Flower Power group exhibition at Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale (CRAA), Italy

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on August 10, 2009 by secretnaomi

The installation entitled Menstrolly Speaking created by Ema Tavola, Leilani Salesa and Shigeyuki Kihara is featured in a group exhibition entitled Flower Power, curated by Andrea Busto, and currently held at Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale (CRAA) in Verbania, Italy.

Installation images are now online: go to ‘Expositions et Evenements’ to see the works featured in the exhibition.

Selected artists featured in this large scale group exhibition include: Andy Warhol, Gilbert & George, Joseph Beuys, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Lacroix, Henri Matisse, Yinka Shonibare, Pae White, Ana Mendieta, Yasumasa Morimura, Wolfgang Laib, Georgia O’keeffe, Paul Klee, Chris Ofili, Takahashi Murakami, Chen Zhen, Ema Tavola, Leilani Salesa, Shigeyuki Kihara and more…

For the catalogue text, follow this link.

‘Le Folauga’ tours to Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan

Posted in News with tags , on November 7, 2008 by shigeyukikihara

Le Folauga Exhibition

‘Le Folauga’ is a group exhibition curated by Fuli Pereira (Curator, Auckland Museum, New Zealand) and Ron Brownson (Curator, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand) for the Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust – an Auckland, New Zealand-based, non-profit organisation which supports the growth and development of contemporary Pacific art in New Zealand and worldwide.

The ‘Le Folauga’ exhibition is a “snapshot” of the current state of contemporary Pacific art from New Zealand.

It was inititally exhibited at the Auckland Museum in early 2007 and is now touring to the Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

The ‘Le Folauga’ exhibition opens on the 13 December 2008 and ends on 5 April 2009.

Artists in ‘Le Folauga’ include:
Edith Amituanai
Fatu Feu’u
Steven Gwaliasi
Niki Hastings-McFall
Lonnie Hutchinson
John Ioane
Shigeyuki Kihara
Andy Leleisi’uao
Itiri Ngaro
Ani O’Neill
Johnny Penisula
Filipe Tohi
Michel Tuffery
Jim Vivieaere

Selected works from my ‘Fa’a fafine; In a Manner of a Woman’ series (2005) will be touring with the ‘Le Folauga’ exhibition.

‘Hand in Hand’ group exhibition in Tasmania, Australia

Posted in News with tags , , , , on November 7, 2008 by shigeyukikihara

Hand in Hand catalogue cover‘Hand in Hand’ is a group exhibition which explores the experiences of indigenous and ‘queer’ artists from Australia and the Pacific, curated by Jenny Fraser and Shigeyuki Kihara.

The ‘Hand in Hand’ exhibition was formerly staged at Performance Space and Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-operative – both venues based in Sydney – earlier this year.

The ‘Hand in Hand’ exhibition recently toured to the University of Tasmania Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmania, Australia.

The artists that were featured in the touring exhibition included:
Jenny Fraser
Dianne Jones
Shigeyuki Kihara
Tracey Moffatt
Claudine Sartain
Dan Taulapapa McMullin
Salote Tawale
Niwhai Tupaea
Adrian Wills

The exhibition sadly ended on 3 October 2008, however there are various other venues currently in discussion for touring within Australia – so watch this space!

‘Assume Nothing’ exhibition touring Aotearoa New Zealand

Posted in News with tags , , , on October 15, 2008 by shigeyukikihara

Assume Nothing is intended to challenge perceptions about gender identity.

Book cover

The touring exhibition is based on the book of the same name published by artist and photographer Rebecca Swan in 2004. The exhibition features photographs and interviews with more than 20 people from New Zealand. They include such well-known personalities as former MP, Georgina Beyer – the world’s first transgender politician – and flamboyant performer Carmen Rupe, as well as activist and educator Mani Bruce Mitchell.

A collaborative work made between myself and Rebecca Swan is included in Rebecca’s touring exhibition which begins at Toi Rerehiko Moving Image Centre, Auckland, New Zealand opening on 23 January 2009.

The exhibition also features an accompanying documentary entitled ‘Assume Nothing’ by Kirsty McDonald from New Zealand, where I’m also featured discussing my collaborative work in Rebecca’s exhibition.

Kirsty McDonald will arrive in NYC in the next couple of days with her cameraman Chris Carter to document my work at the Met for an upcoming arts program ‘Kete Aronui’ to air on Maori Television in New Zealand later this year.

The touring venues and dates for ‘Assume Nothing’ are as follows:

‘Assume Nothing’
23.01.09 – 19.02.09
Toi Rerehiko Moving Image Centre
Auckland, New Zealand

‘Assume Nothing’
28.02.09 – 07.06.09
Te Manawa Museum Gallery & Science Centre
Palmerston North, New Zealand

‘Assume Nothing’
04.07.09 – 06.09.09
Canterbury Museum
Christchurch, New Zealand

‘Assume Nothing’
31.10.09 – 06.02.10
Waikato Museum of Art and History
Hamilton, New Zealand

Shigeyuki Kihara Solo Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on October 7, 2008 by shigeyukikihara

‘Shigeyuki Kihara: Living Photographs’
October 7, 2008 – February 1, 2009
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lila Acheson Wallace Wing, 1st floor
1000 Fifth Avenue. New York, New York 10028, USA

Special Events held in association with the exhibition:

Sunday at the Met – ‘Taualuga; the last dance’
Live performance by Shigeyuki Kihara
October 19, 2008, 3pm
The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium

‘Taualuga; the last dance’ – An Artist’s Talk
Artist talk by Shigeyuki Kihara
October 25, 2008, 7pm
Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education

A full exhibition schedule for �?Shigeyuki Kihara: Living Photographs’ can be viewed at

Going to the USA

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on September 19, 2008 by secretnaomi

I have an upcoming solo exhibition entitled ‘Shigeyuki Kihara: Living Photography’ curated by Virginia-Lee Webb held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York opening on the 7th October 2008, ending 1st February 2009.

I will be traveling over to New York city in late September for the official opening reception held on the 7th October and will be based there for five weeks.

During my time at The Met I will be participating in various public programes held in association with my exhibition. My solo performance entitled ‘Taualuga: the last dance’ is held on the 19th October 2008 and my artist talk is held on the 25th October 2008. If your time allows, I would love to see you there!

Apart from my work commitments with The Met I also have speaking engagements in New York at venues including the Parsons School of Design, New York University and CREA – a women’s human rights organisation.

During my time in the USA, a publication entitled ‘Role Models: Feminine Identity in Contemporary American Photography’ will be launched at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC in October 2008, where my work is discussed in a chapter written by Associate Arts Professor Shelley Rice from NYU.


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