Archive for Shigeyuki Kihara

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

Undressing the Pacific: Exhibition Talk

Posted in Events with tags , , , , , , on March 25, 2014 by secretnaomi

Exhibition Talk

Ian Fookes discusses ‘Shigeyuki Kihara: Undressing the Pacific’
Tuesday 1 April 2014, 1pm
The Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre
Auckland, New Zealand

Shigeyuki Kihara at The Pah Homestead, Auckland, New Zealand


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…

salt 8 at Utah Museum of Fine Arts

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

The Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) exhibition introduces work by Shigeyuki Kihara – to be accompanied by an upcoming performance and artist talk later in October 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…

Shigeyuki Kihara awarded for Galu Afi

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2012 by secretnaomi

Shigeyuki Kihara has been awarded the Paramount Award at the 21st Annual Wallace Art Awards. Shigeyuki was presented with the award on Monday night for her digital performance video work entitled Galu afi; waves of fire, in which she performs a taualuga (a Samoan dance) as a memorial to the victims of the 2009 tsunami in American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga. This is the first time video art has been admitted into the running for the awards, established by arts patron Sir James Wallace, 21 years ago.

“… the moment we saw this work we were mesmerised. It’s such a beautifully classic piece of work.” – Art writer Warwick Brown, one of the 2012 judges.

About the winning work:

Shigeyuki Kihara, Galu Afi: Waves of Fire, 2012, digital video, 4 min 59 sec
The silent performance video work entitled Galu Afi: Waves of Fire is an extension of Kihara’s recent solo dance performance and video work entitled Taualuga: The Last Dance (2005). Galu Afi explores the ancient Samoan dance form of taualuga as choreography, with Kihara dressed in the guise of a demure Samoan woman in Victorian mourning dress. This choreography
describes the movements of the Tsunami in September 2009, which took the lives of more than 189 people in American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga, and is physically in conversation with the sequential analysis of photographic fracturing of time, which references 19th century Western Futurist photographers. While Futurist photographers such as Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne Jules Marey used photography as a tool for the analysis of dynamic motion, Galu Afi looks back into history to reveal the wisdom of indigenous belief systems.

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.


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