Shigeyuki Kihara

Born 1975, Apia, Samoa
Lives and works in Apia, Samoa; Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand and Sydney, Australia

Shigeyuki (Yuki) Kihara's work examines gender, history and representation in contemporary Pacific societies. Her cinematic photographs 'Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?' 2013 find the artist adopting the persona of a fictional nineteenth-century Samoan woman, posed in historic and iconic sites in Samoa following the tragic Tsunami Galu Afi (2009) and Cyclone Evan (2012). They highlight the historical and cultural occupation of this landscape and the challenges faced by the isolated island nation as it struggles to assert an independent presence in the world. Kihara's ongoing concern with performance is also apparent in her mesmerising video Siva in Motion 2012, in which the artist re-enacts the tsunami through taualuga — carefully choreographed and eloquent movements of the hands to narrate a story or event.

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Shigeyuki (Yuki) Kihara, Samoa/Aotearoa New Zealand b.1975 / Siva in Motion (still) 2012

Shigeyuki (Yuki) Kihara, Samoa/Aotearoa New Zealand b.1975 / Siva in Motion (still) 2012 / Single-channel HD Blu-ray, 16:9, 8:14 minutes (looped), colour, silent, ed.4/4 / Commissioned by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki / Purchased 2015 with funds from Tim Fairfax, AC, through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.

Watch the Interview with Shigeyuki (Yuki) Kihara

Watch the Interview with Shigeyuki (Yuki) Kihara.

Shigeyuki (Yuki) Kihara, Samoa/Aotearoa New Zealand b.1975 / Agelu I Tausi Catholic Church After Cyclone Evan, Mulivai Safata (from 'Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?' series) 2013

Shigeyuki (Yuki) Kihara, Samoa/Aotearoa New Zealand b.1975 / Agelu I Tausi Catholic Church After Cyclone Evan, Mulivai Safata (from 'Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?' series) 2013 / Type C photograph on Fuji Crystal Archive photographic paper mounted on aluminium Dibond, AP 1/2 / 59.5 x 84cm / Purchased 2015 with funds from Mary-Jeanne Hutchinson through the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.

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