Undressing the Pacific this week in Auckland

2014-04-02T11:00:00Z

‘Undressing the Pacific’, an exhibition of photographic and performance works by prominent New Zealand artist Shigeyuki Kihara is opening to the public in Auckland today. <!--more-->The show at the The Pah Homestead TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre will be on show until April 13.

Born in Samoa of mixed Samoan and Japanese heritage, Shigeyuki Kihara migrated to New Zealand as a teenager in 1989. Undressing the Pacific is a mid-career survey exhibition of Kihara’s art practice that spans a decade of her impressive career.

“Early European visitors to Samoa misinterpreted cultural traditions including forms of dance as sexual provocation. Kihara subverts this perception and also makes dance a key part of her practice. Undressing the Pacific features three dance performances presented as digital videos that feature Kihara as the sole protagonist,” says Exhibition curator Natalie Poland.

“There is growing recognition for Kihara as an international artist, whose career to date includes a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2008) in New York, with works and performances presented at the Asia Pacific Triennial and the Auckland Triennial,” Ms Poland says. In 2012 Kihara was honoured with the Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award and also a New Generation Award from The Arts Foundation. The video work, Galu Afi; Waves of Fire, which won the award, is one of three filmed dance performances to feature in the show.

“By interrogating late nineteenth and early twentieth century images of Samoan people and landscapes by European photographers, Kihara’s works expose inequalities and complexities within the structures of power associated with sexuality, gender, race and colonialism in the Pacific,” Ms Poland adds.

For further information regarding the exhibition at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre email enquiries@wallaceartstrust.org.nz, phone (09) 639 2010 or visit <a href="http://www.tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz">www.tsbbankwallaceartscentre.org.nz</a>