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Shigeyuki Kihara: Undressing the Pacific

Shigeyuki Kihara: Undressing the Pacific

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When:

  • Wed 5 Nov ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 6 Nov ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 7 Nov ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 8 Nov ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sun 9 Nov ’14, 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Where:

Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, 326 Main St, Palmerston North

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Related Artists:

Shigeyuki Kihara

A native of Samoa, Shigeyuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist whose work engages in a variety of social, political and cultural issues. Often referencing and unearthing Pacific history, her work explores the varying relationships between gender, race, culture and politics. Kihara’s work has been presented internationally, among others, at the Asia Pacific Triennial (2002 & 2015), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (solo exhibition, 2008) Auckland Triennial (2009), Sakahàn Quinquennial (2013) and Daegu Photo Biennale (2014).

Undressing the Pacific is a mid-career survey exhibition of Kihara’s art practice that spans a decade of her impressive career and draws attention to key works. The exhibition’s title reflects the centrality of dress in Kihara’s oeuvre. As well as referencing the importance of dress to Kihara’s practice, ‘undressing’ describes the way in which her works subvert historical cross-cultural representations of Pacific people and the framing of the landscape as a Pacific paradise. By interrogating late nineteenth and early twentieth century images of Samoan people and landscapes by European photographers, her works expose inequalities and complexities within the structures of power associated with sexuality, gender, race and colonialism in the Pacific.

'Undressing the Pacific' is a touring exhibition of the Hocken Collections, University of Otago.

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