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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…


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

AutoFocus: Self Portraiture in Contemporary Photography

I’m pleased to announce that my work is going to be featured and discussed in the upcoming international publication entitled AutoFocus: Self Portraiture in Contemporary Photography edited by Susan Bright and published by Thames and Hudson (UK).

‘An intriguing new survey … a feast of elaborate photographic reinvention’ – The Observer

Lavishly illustrated and accessible, this dazzling array of photographs by seventy-five of the world’s foremost contemporary photographers focuses on self-portraiture.

From intimate images of introspection and those that challenge notions of ethnicity and sexuality, to dramatic, stylized photographs of dream-like scenarios, Auto Focus shows how one of the longest-established artistic genres continues to fascinate artists today.

Susan Bright provides a clear guide for readers through this significant and dynamic genre, showing how issues of identity – whether national, sexual, racial, personal or artistic – are key to understanding the work of many of today’s leading photographers.

The survey is clearly organized into five themes that deal with
• diaristic and autobiographical images
• pictures of the body
• the use of masks and masquerade
• the return to studio portraiture and the photographic album
• performance, public and private

An illustrated introduction to the book points to the history of the photographic self-portrait from the 1840s to the late twentieth century, providing an invaluable context for the recent surge in artists’ images of themselves.

Susan Bright is a curator and writer. She has taught extensively and has convened major international conferences and seminars on many aspects of art and photography. She was formerly Assistant Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, London, Curator at the Association of Photographers and Acting Director for the MA Photography (Historic and Contemporary) at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Exhibitions and catalogues include ‘Something out of Nothing’ (Fotogalleriet, Oslo), ‘How We Are: Photographing Britain’ (Tate Britain, London) and ‘Face of Fashion’ (National Portrait Gallery, London).’

Artists featured in the publication include:
Tarek Al-Ghoussein; Shokoufeh Alidousti; Anas Al-Shaikh; Ananké Asseff; Walead Beshty; Sian Bonnell; Slater Bradley; Elina Brotherus; Ana Casas Broda; Nick Cave; Serge Comte; Kelli Connell; Janieta Eyre; Thomas; Florschuetz; Joan Fontcuberta; Samuel Fosso; Anna Fox; LaToya Ruby; Frazier Gaüeca; Nan Goldin; Marnix Goossens; Aneta Grzeszykowska; Sunil Gupta; Jeff Harris; Lyle Ashton Harris; Anita Khemka; Shigeyuki Kihara; Oleg Kulik; Charles Latham; Nikki S. Lee; Hew Locke; Melanie Manchot; Malerie Marder; Annu Palakunnathu Matthew; Boris Mikhailov; Arno Rafael Minkkinen; Tracey Moffatt; Rod Morata; Yasumasa Morimura; Trish Morrissey; My Little Dead Dick; Yurie Nagashima; Ni Haifeng; Susanne Nørregård Nielsen; Ken Ohara; Lisa Ohlweiler; Catherine Opie; Tatsumi Orimoto; Chino Otsuka; Florence Paradeis; Tatiana Parcero; Martin Parr;  Paul+a; Dita Pepe; Shannon Plumb;  Julie Pochron; Airyka Rockefeller; Tracey Rose; Nanna Saarhelo’ Tomoko Sawada; Zineb Sedira; Jo Seub; Siya Singh; Jemima Stehli; Camilla Sune; Vibeke Tandberg; Sam Taylor-Wood; Christian Thompson; Danny Treacy; Gillian Wearing; Erwin Wurm; Noriko Yamaguchi; Kimiko Yoshida; Zhang Huan and Zhu Ming.

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‘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


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