Archive for group exhibition

Honolulu Biennial Prologue Exhibition, ‘Chain of Fire’

Posted in Events with tags , , , , on October 8, 2014 by secretnaomi

The Honolulu Biennial has announced its full list of public programs which are now available to view on their website.

Honolulu Biennial Prologue Exhibition, 'Chain of Fire' poster

Preview of new performance video work

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on June 3, 2012 by secretnaomi

Welcome to a preview of the stills from my new performance video entitled ‘Siva in motion’ (2012).

‘Siva in motion’ (2012) is a new performance video work by artist Shigeyuki Kihara, commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery (New Zealand) to premier in their upcoming group exhibition entitled ‘Home AKL’ curated by Ron Brownson, Senior Curator of Contemporary New Zealand and Pacific Art at the Auckland Art Gallery.

‘Siva in motion’ (2012) is an extension of Kihara’s previous performance work entitled ‘Taualuga; the last dance’ (2006), where the visual cue of ‘Siva in motion’ echoes the work of Futurist photographer and physiologist Etienne-Jules Marey (1830–1904). The work of Futurist photographers in the Victorian era led to the early development of cinema across Europe.

Kihara uses the choreographic movements of the Samoan ‘taualuga’ – a stately dance technique of the Samoan taupou, or high-born ceremonial village maiden, to re-tell the experience of the tsunami which effected Samoa in September 2009.

‘Home AKL’ is the next major exhibition to held at the Auckland Art Gallery, Aotearoa New Zealand, opening on 7 July 2012.

For more information please visit the Auckland Art Gallery website.

Edge of Elsewhere at Sydney Festival January 2011

Posted in Events with tags , , , on November 26, 2010 by secretnaomi

‘Edge of Elsewhere’ at Sydney Festival January 2011

Presented by Campbelltown Arts Centre, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art and Sydney Festival held between 15 January to 15 March 2011.

Now in its second year, Edge of Elsewhere continues to showcase contemporary artists from across the Asia-Pacific with works commissioned through ongoing community engagement. With a bold commitment to artistic collaboration, Edge of Elsewhere engages Sydney’s diverse communities to tell suburban stories and examine contemporary ideas.

Artists include:
Brook Andrew (Australia)
Arahmaiani (Indonesia)
Richard Bell (Australia)
Michael Tuffery (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Dacchi Dang (Australia)
Newell Harry (Australia)
Shigeyuki Kihara (Samoa/Aotearoa New Zealand)
Kimsooja (Korea)
Lisa Reihana (Aotearoa New Zealand)
Khaled Sabsabi (Australia)
Wang Jianwei (China)

For more information please visit the Sydney Festival website.

Samoan Art: Urban

Posted in News with tags on September 20, 2010 by secretnaomi

‘Samoan Art: Urban’ group exhibition at the de Young Fine Art Museum of San Francisco

Dates: 6 – 31 October 2010

The Samoan Art: Urban group exhibition curated by New Zealand-based, independent curator Giles Peterson features works by Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Marlaina Key, Siliga David Setoga, Greg Semu, Niki Hastings-McFall, Shigeyuki Kihara, Taniela Taniela, Lonnie Hutchinson and Rosanna Raymond. Moving image by  Angela Tiatia, Janet Lilo, Marlon Rivers, Michel Tuffery and Lisa Taouma.

Samoan Art: Urban
is the first group exhibition of work by contemporary Samoan artists in the United States. Samoan Art: Urban features multimedia work including graffiti art, animation, digital and analogue photography, self-portraiture, hip hop music video, documentary film and performance. The artists in Samoan Art: Urban navigate a range of issues and concerns such as identity and identification, spirituality, the environment, colonisation, youth and street culture, survival and what it is to speak from the position of different cultures. Samoan Art: Urban is a snapshot of the exciting contemporary art being produced by Niu Urban Pasifik artists working in the diaspora today.

For more information please visit:


Posted in Events with tags , , , on April 30, 2010 by secretnaomi
Unnerved: The New Zealand Project
Gallery Of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia
1 May – 4 July 2010

Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA) presents the second in a series of country-specific exhibition projects focusing on its contemporary collections with Unnerved: The New Zealand Project.

Holdings of contemporary work from New Zealand have grown rapidly since the early 1990s, partly through increased awareness and interest in the Asia Pacific Triennial exhibitions.

Unnerved explores a particularly rich dark vein that recurs in New Zealand contemporary art and cinema. Psychological or physical unease pervades many works in the exhibition, with humour, parody and poetic subtlety among the strategies used by artists across generations and genres.

Artists include:
Duncan COLE / Shigeyuki KIHARA
Jacqueline FRASER
James ORAM
Nathan POHIO
Sriwhana SPONG
Yvonne TODD
Yvonne TODD

The photographic series entitled Savage Nobilities (2002) published in Pulp Magazine (NZ) – conceptualised by artist Shigeyuki Kihara, styled by fashion stylist Chris Lorimer and artist Shigeyuki Kihara in collaboration with photographer Duncan Cole – is featured in this group exhibition.

Savage Nobilities features Oscar Kightley, Igelese Ete, Darren Kamali, Teremoana Rapley and Shigeyuki Kihara as models wearing adornments by Sofia Tekela Smith, Nikki Hastings McFall and Chris Charteris. Clothing by New Zealand designers including Nom D and Zambesi.

This exhibition will travel to the National Gallery of Victoria in late 2010.

Niu Pasifik: Urban Art from the Pacific Rim

Posted in News with tags on April 1, 2010 by secretnaomi

At C.N. Gorman Museum, California, USA
6 April – 13 June 2010

‘NIU PASIFIK is an exhibition of contemporary art by 46 artists and designers from New Zealand and the Pacific Rim from my personal collection. Several of the works are from exhibitions I have curated over the years.

NIU PASIFIK includes work from my first curated exhibition in 1994; other works are newly commissioned or acquired pieces, the most recent being in 2010. There is a sense of history to the exhibition: it’s a journey through a personal collection which never started intentionally as a ‘collection’ but has evolved to be a powerful representation of contemporary art from the Pacific Rim.

NIU PASIFIK features multimedia work including graffiti art, painting, drawing, animation, embroidery, textile, street fashion and tattoo. The artists come from New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Niue, Hawaii, Papua New Guinea and Australia.

The show celebrates over 16 years of independent curating, including landmark exhibitions Island Crossings (2000) – the first exhibition of Contemporary Maori and Pacific art to tour to Australia, Out of the Blue (2001), Urban Pacific (2007) and Spirit of the People – New Melanesian Art (2009); all of national and international significance.

Quite a lot of the art in NIU PASIFIK looks at youth and street culture which reflects my interest in young people and my work with young Pacific artists and designers. Teaching as I have for over 16 years keeps me fresh and always learning. “Working with young people is really invigorating and they are one of my main target audiences when I’m thinking about exhibitions”. [1]

The mix of work by new generation and established artists and designers makes for an interesting exhibition; the diversity of creative expression and talent on display creates a charged space where a polyphonic discourse is exchanged: a platform where the artist’s voice is heard and given primacy.

NIU PASIFIK marks more than 40 independent, curated exhibitions. The NIU PASIFIK artists explore a range of issues and concerns such as identity and identification, spirituality, the environment, globalisation, technology, representation, colonisation, survival and of what it is to speak from the position of different cultures. It’s a forum for interaction, discussion and exchange.

“If we are not moved, if we stand still – the status quo is our reward”. [2]

Giles Peterson, April 2010

[1] A. McCarthy, ‘ Curator in Diversity: Giles Peterson’s dynamic exhibitions’, Neochroma Magazine, Auckland: Whitecliffe College of Art and Design, March 2003, p.4.
[2] L. Lippard, ‘ Mixed Blessings: New Art in Multicultural America ‘, New York: Pantheon books, 1990, p 22.

(Excerpts taken from press release.)

Artists include:

Tracey Moffat; Taryn Beri; Kiwi Biddle; Quinton Carrington; Joanne Currie Nalingu; Matt Dowman; Jenny Fraser; Ian George; Kay George; Goroka bilum Festival PNG Bilum Makers Cooperative; Niki Hastings McFall; Alfred Haure; Michael Haure; Lonnie Hutchinson; John Ioane; Anita Jacobsen; Juse One; Robyn Kahukiwa; Leilani Kake; Chris Kauage; Richard Kereopa; Marlaina Key; Taylor Kingi; Terry Kolomatangi Klavenes; Lily Laita; Andy Leleisi’uao; Janet Lilo; Lina Marsh; Martin Morububuna; Herman Pi’ikea Clark; Diane Prince; Shona Pitt; Rosanna Raymond ; Marlon Rivers; Siliga David Setoga; John Suine; Taniela Taniela; Ema Tavola; Tracey Tawhiao; Sopolemalama Filipe Tohi; Michel Tuffery; Niwhai Tupaea; Thomas Umba; Glenda Vilisoni and Shigeyuki Kihara.

Follow this link to view the exhibition catalogue.

Tiaho (To Shine)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on March 18, 2010 by secretnaomi

Tīaho (To Shine) – Contemporary Photography From Oceania
touring in April 2010, to Mexico City.

Tīaho (To Shine) is historically significant as the first touring exhibition of contemporary photography and moving image from New Zealand and Oceania to be shown in Mexico. We both share the Pacific Ocean, and many other cultural resonances connect the two regions.

Tīaho, from the Maori language meaning “to emit rays of light, to shine, to bring forth”, features the work of 26 new generation media artists, originating from eight Pacific nations. They work at the interface of customary and contemporary practice today, across the spectrum of digital and analogue photography, including portraiture, moving image/ video performance, animation and film.

The exhibition will show across the city at three venues: The Instituto Latino De Mexico, The Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico City, and The Palacio Municpal de Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico State.

It’s desired that the exhibit interacts with as many young people as possible; to communicate through the power of art.

The Tīaho exhibition features documentary photography and video as well as self -portraiture, a large section on Pacific tattoo and body art, street fashion and adornment, youth and pop culture, underground hip-hop music video and photography and work exploring social networking sites and new communities such as Bebo, Facebook and myspace. Traditions of today are created, reflecting lived realities and hopes for a better future.

Tīaho ( To Shine) – Contemporary Photography from Oceania explores a range of narratives that make links with the changing world view of the Pacific and Oceania, self and cultural expression, Post Colonialiaty, idenitity and identification, globalisation, the migrants’ experience, survival, politics, the environment, spirituality and the situation of what it is is to speak from a position of different cultural perspectives and backgrounds.

The 26 exhibiting artists originate from New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, Niue, Australia and the Cook Islands. They are: Edith Amituanai, Reweti Arapere, Torika Bolatagici, Quinton Carrington, Melanie Fer Don, Kay George, Niki Hastings-McFall, Lonnie  Hutchinson, Anita Jacobsen, Leilani Kake, Kieran Keat, Terry Koloamatangi Klavenes, Vinesh Kumaran, Janet Lilo, Becky Nunes, Rosanna Raymond, Marlon Rivers, Greg Semu, Siliga David Setoga, Lisa Taouma, Nooroa Tapuni, Tracey Tawhiao, Angela Tiatia, Michel Tuffery, Tracey Moffat and Shigeyuki Kihara.

Tīaho (To Shine) is the 42nd exhibition curated by art historian and lecturer Giles Peterson who lectures in New Zealand and Pacific art and design history at Whitecliffe College in Auckland, New Zealand. Tiaho celebrates over 16 years of independent curating by Peterson who  first came to Mexico in January 2009 on a study tour.

The exhibition will be accompanied by an education programme, curator’s talk and workshops with students exploring digital media, social curating and key themes in the exhibition. It is hoped that young people will engage with the work and be able to conduct projects and assignments around the key themes of the exhibition in relation to  curriculum learning. An important part of the project will be the documentation of young peoples’ interaction.

– Giles Peterson, curator

(Taken from press release.)


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