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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.

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Update on exhibitions in North America and Norway

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on April 27, 2013 by shigeyukikihara

Talofa lava and greetings,

As part of  this update, please find following links to the Shigeyuki Kihara Undressing the Pacific – e-Catalogue developed and presented at the Hocken Library University of Otago (NZ); and links to press clippings and reviews of the most recent series Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? (2013) presented at Milford Galleries Dunedin (NZ), published in The Listener (NZ) and the Otago Daily Times (NZ), for your reference.

If you would like a hard copy of the Undressing the Pacific fold-out color catalogue please contact Sarah Snelling (email

Highlights of my upcoming international projects include:

Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art
17 May to 2 September 2013
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

The Sakahàn quinquennial exhibition is curated under the leadership of Greg Hill, Candice Hopkins and Christine Lalonde from the National Gallery of Canada. Official New Zealand artists represented include Taika Waititi, Brett Graham, Rachael Rakana, Michael Parekowhai and Shigeyuki Kihara. My series of self-portraiture photographs acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2008 is being loaned and exhibited for the Sakahàn exhibition. I will be travelling to Canada to participate in the opening reception and public programs held in association with the exhibition, courtesy of Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand.

Lips Painted Red
22 June to 15 September 2013
Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway

Lips Painted Red is curated by Pontus Kyander, director of Trondheim Kunstmuseum. I will be travelling to Norway to participate in the opening reception and public programs held in association with the exhibition, courtesy of Creative New Zealand Arts Council of New Zealand.

salt 8: Shigeyuki Kihara
2 August to 5 January 2013
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, USA

salt 8: Shigeyuki Kihara is curated by Whitney Tassie, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. This is my first solo museum exhibition in the western USA, where a selection of my works ranging from a performance DVD to a series of photographs will be exhibited in the museum’s salt gallery and Pacific collections gallery. A live performance of Taualuga: the last dance will be re-staged on the occasion of the solo exhibition, alongside a series of talks and lectures presented at the museum and the University of Utah.

Thanks for taking the time to read my update and I hope that this may contribute to your area of research. You’re welcome to share these files with your colleagues.

Keep in touch,


New video channel ready for viewing

Posted in News with tags , on September 30, 2012 by secretnaomi

A selection of works curated and performed by Shigeyuki Kihara can now be viewed on her new Vimeo channel – including a collection of the ‘Talanoa: Walk the Talk’ videos and ‘Taualuga: The Last Dance’. Here’s the link.

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.

Taualuga: The Last Dance

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

Video still of 'Taualuga: The Last Dance' performance

‘Taualuga: The Last Dance’

A one-off performance by artist Shigeyuki Kihara

Held at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand

Thursday 23 February, 2012 – starts 4pm


Read the full media release here…

Watch Taualuga

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on July 9, 2010 by secretnaomi

Taualuga: The Last Dance (2006)
Medium: Performance video
Duration: 5 min 50 sec

Taualuga: The Last Dance (2006) by Shigeyuki Kihara

The solo performance entitled Taualuga: The Last Dance (2006) by Samoan-born artist Shigeyuki Kihara is an attempt to communicate wih her ancestors in seeking solutions to today’s global issues that affect the small islands of the South Pacific region.

Within the indigenous cultures of the South Pacific, and specifically in the islands of Samoa, Taualuga is a dance of negotiation and celebration; with an emphasis on dance movements based on a combination of facial expression and elegant hand gestures to convey certain political ideas. Kihara uses the principles of Taualuga as a form of storytelling to reference history and mirror tensions currently taking place globally today.

The artist’s fictitious character, loosely based on Salome, dances in grief wearing a Victorian mourning dress – similar to the dress that was formally introduced to the people of Samoa by the German colonial administration of the early 1900s. The performance combines audio, historical costume and dance forming a tribute to the many leaders and people of Samoa for their resilience in the struggle against modernisation and globalisation.


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