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Shigeyuki Kihara at the Met

Posted in Arts, Events, People by hollywoodhula on September 30, 2008
The Last Dance by Shigeyuki Kihara

Taualuga: The Last Dance by Shigeyuki Kihara

Samoan-Japanese multimedia performance artist Shigeyuki Kihara brings her ground-breaking, gender-bending work to New York in the first solo exhibit by a Pacific artist at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kihara’s striking multidisciplinary work draws on diverse sources such as 18th Century ethnographic photographs, Samoan legends and pop culture images to riff on themes of gender, identity, indigenous Pacific spirituality, consumerism and cross-cultural encounters.

The exhibit includes work from her photographic series Black Sunday, Fa’a Fafine: In a Manner of a Woman, Fale Aitu: House of Spirits and Vavau: Tales from Ancient Samoa, in which Kihara investigates notions of representation by interpreting her own image in a variety of guises.

Kihara will perform her solo performance Taualuga: The Last Dance and speak about her work during October.

Shigeyuki Kihara: Living Photographs
October 7, 2008–February 1, 2009
Lila Acheson Wallace Wing, 1st floor
Metropolitan Museum of Art

Artist bio at Pasifika Styles

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  1. Islanesia said, on October 1, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    I found your site while skimming through Pacific Islander-themed posts on WordPress and was immediately blown away! Would it be permissible for me to link to the site from my own?

    http://www.islanesia.net

  2. hollywoodhula said, on October 1, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Go ahead and link – the more links the better! And thanks for your kind comment.


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