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Assume Nothing at Rhode Island International Film Festival

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

Assume Nothing film featuring Shigeyuki Kihara is showing at the Rhode Island International Film Festival, USA.

The  Assume Nothing film, in the making for the last five years, is by director Kirsty MacDonald collaborating with a number of artists and performers from New Zealand who express their alternative gender identity through their art, and featuring the music of the wonderful Claire Cowan, among others. Participants are: Rebecca Swan, Mani Bruce Mitchell, Ema Lyon, Jack Byrne and Shigeyuki Kihara.

Part of the film was shot in New York last year, following the solo exhibition of Shigeyuki Kihara’s work at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. While most of that filming will appear in an upcoming television episode of Kete Aronui screening soon on Maori Television in New Zealand, part of the New York event also appears in the Assume Nothing film.

The screening of Assume Nothing is part of the Rhode Island International Film Festival and will take place on Sunday 9 August 2009.

‘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


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