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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…

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.

Read more…

Milford Galleries Dunedin hosts Solo Exhibition

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on March 4, 2013 by shigeyukikihara

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…

Call for Proposals – The Art of Shigeyuki Kihara

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

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:

Deadline for Proposals: 1 March 2013

Taualuga review

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

Read a review of the live performance of ‘Taualuga; the last dance’ at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, in March 2012.

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.

Culture for Sale: a Post-Colonial Völkerschau

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , on January 31, 2012 by secretnaomi

‘Culture for Sale: a Post-Colonial Völkerschau’

A lecture by artist Shigeyuki Kihara

Held at Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, Porirua, New Zealand

Sunday 19 February, 2012 – at 2pm

Duration: 45 minute talk and 15 minute Q&A



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