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SHIGEYUKI KIHARA
Born 1975, Samoa

Shigeyuki Kihara has lived in Indonesia, Japan, Samoa and New Zealand, exposing her from an early age to a variety of ethnic cultures, languages and religions. A fashion graduate from Massey University, she also works as a fashion stylist and commentator for several magazines.

Kihara's first visual-art exhibition comprised a collection of 26 laser-printed T-shirts, purchased by and later exhibited at Te Papa Tongarewa: The National Museum of New Zealand in an exhibition with Pip Culbert titled 'More or Less', in 2001. Her second solo exhibition, 'Black Sunday’, also 2001, opened at the Oedipus Rex Gallery in Auckland, later touring to Wellington as part of the Wellington Fringe Festival, 2002. Subsequent exhibitions include 'Fale aitu – House of Spirits', 2003, 'Vavau: Tales from Ancient Samoa', 2004 and 'Fa’a Fafine: In a manner of a woman', 2005. In these exhibitions, Kihara uses digital photography and a team of technical assistants to transform herself into different personas drawn from Samoan cultural traditions, colonial fantasies of South Seas Belles and her own imagination.

BIOGRAPHY
1995 Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology, Wellington Polytechnic, Wellington, NZ
Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology, Massey University, Wellington, NZ
2004 Member and Communications Officer, The Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, Auckland, NZ
Currently lives and works in Auckland, NZ

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2005 Fa'a fafine: In the manner of a woman, Sherman Galleries, Sydney
Lei girls, Whitespace Gallery, Auckland
2004 Vavau: Tales from Ancient Samoa, Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington; Sails Restaurant, Tauese, Upolu Island, Samoa
2002 Black Sunday, Wellington Fringe Festival, Watermark Gallery,
Wellington
2001 Black Sunday, Oedipus Rex Gallery, Auckland
2000 Teuanoa’I: Adorn to Excess, Halo + Hiebahn Hairdressing, Wellington

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2007 ‘Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?’, Te Tuhi–The Mark, Auckland, NZ
Island Affinities: Contemporary Art from Oceania, California State University Northridge Art Galleries, Northridge, California
2006-07 Pasifika Styles, University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge, UK
2006 Asia Traffic, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, Hong Kong
Bodies that are not ours: Indigenous video art, Linden, St Kilda Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne
Masquerade: Representation and the self in contemporary art
Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney
Le Vasa: Sea Change, Art of Fa’a fafine experience (with Dan Taulapapa McMullin), San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center, San Francisco
Turning Tides: Gender in Contemporary Oceanic Art, University of California San Diego Visual Arts Graduate Gallery, La Jolla, California
Interislands, Waiheke Island Community Art Gallery, Auckland
2005 Diff’ Art Pacific (from Fale Aitu series), curator Geraldine Le Roux, St Auvant, Paris
Pacific Style: Beyond the Aesthetic, curators Rosanna Raymond and Amiria Henare, London
Pataka Pasifika: The Art of Adornment, Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, Porirua, Wellington
2004–05 Kakino to pounamu he pounamu onamata: Your greenstone is awesome and it comes from tradition, Auckland Art Gallery
2004 Kakino to Pounamu he pounamu onamata (from Vavau:Tales from Ancient Samoa), curator Ngahiraka Mason, Auckland Art Gallery
Telecom Prospect 2004: New Art New Zealand (from Vavau series), curator Emma Bugden, City Gallery Wellington
History Now (from Fale Aitu series), curator Rhoda Fowler, Te Tuhi – The Mark, Auckland
2003 Fale aitu: House of Spirits, with John Ioane, Whitespace Gallery, Auckland
You Are My Sunshine: Recent Figurative Art (from Fale Aitu series), Bartley Nees Gallery, Wellington
The Rim (from Fale Aitu series), curator Deborah White, Span Galleries, Melbourne
Traffic: Crossing Currents in Indigenous Photomedia (from Fale Aitu series), curators Jonathan Jones and Robyn Johnston, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
The Other Day in Paradise (from Fale Aitu series), curators John Ioane and Andy Leleisi’uao, The Den Adult Store, Auckland
20 / 20 Site Specific, curator Lonnie Hutchinson, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch, NZ
ShiAne (with John Ioane), Whitespace Gallery, Auckland
2002 Dolly Mix (W)rapper, curator Leafa Janice Wilson (exhibitingTeuanoa’I: Adorn to Excess, co-curators Jakki Leota-Ete and Jim Vivieaere), Waikato Museum of Art and History, Hamilton (touring to Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, Porirua, Wellington)
Fashion Now , curator Angela Lassig, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington
Gauguin is dead, there is no paradise, curator Lisa Taouma, The Edge, Aotea Centre, Auckland
Ceviche, The Lane Gallery, Auckland
Matou Atoa: We Are, curator Lisa Taouma, The Edge, Aotea Centre, Auckland
2001 More or Less (with Pip Culbert), Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington
2000 Teuanoa'i: Adorn to Excess (with Ela To'omaga), Archill Gallery, Auckland

CURATORIAL PROJECT
2002 Dtail, curated jointly with artist Ani O’Neil, Mataora Gallery, Auckland

INTERACTIVE WEBSITE PROJECT
2005 www.transmit.co.nz curator Sarah Hunter, collaboration with Oktobor Animations, Wellington

PERFORMANCES
2006 Turbulence (night of performances), MAU, Corban Estate, Waitakere
2003 Milk and Honey (solo work) and Lalava Taupou (with Filipe Tohi), for exhibition opening, The other day in paradise, The Den Adult Store, Auckland
Island Divas, curator Lisa Taouma, In Transit Festival, House of Global Cultures, Berlin, Germany
2002 Pasifika Divas, curator Lisa Taouma, 4th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane

GRANTS, AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
2007 Artist in residence, The Physics Room, Christchurch, NZ
2005 Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania Mini Grant
2004 Creative New Zealand Arts Development (Pacific Arts Committee) Grant
2003 Creative New Zealand Emerging Pacific Island Artist Award
Pacific Island Business Development Trust Arts Funding
2002 Creative New Zealand Arts Promotion (Pacific Arts Committee) Grant
Wellington Fringe Festival Pasifika Project Grant
Buoy Hairdressing sponsorship
Niu Vision Group Limited sponsorship
2001 Creative New Zealand Arts Development (Pacific Arts Committee) Grants
2000 Creative New Zealand Arts Promotion (Pacific Arts Committee) Grant

PUBLIC SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS / SEMINARS / LECTURES
2005 'New Voyagers: Pacific artists in the global art world’, Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania, Kaua'i Island, Hawai’i
Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Workshop
2004 Guest lecturer, Unitec, Auckland
Guest lecturer, Whitecliff College of Arts and Design
Guest lecturer, Auckland University of Technology
Guest lecturer, University of Auckland
2003 Clothing the Pacific, British Museum, London, UK
Cultural Provocation, Manukau Institute, Auckland
Guest lecturer, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland
Guest lecturer, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland
2002 4th Asia-Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Brisbane
Media Arts Program, Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, NZ
Guest lecturer, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland
Guest lecturer, Waikato Museum of Arts and History, Hamilton, NZ
2001 Guest lecturer, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland Guest lecturer, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland
Guest lecturer, Tautai Contemporary Arts Trust, Auckland

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS
Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, NZ
Waikato Museum of Arts and History, Hamilton, NZ
University of Auckland, NZ

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Pamela Rosi, ‘Shigeyuki Kihara: Subverting dusky maidens and exotic tropes of Pacific paradise’, Art Asia Pacific, no. 51, 2006, pp. 72–3
Laura Murray Cree (ed.), Twenty: Sherman Galleries 1986–2006, Craftsman House, Melbourne, 2006
Robert McFarlane, ‘From ethereal light to captivation’, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 March 2005, p. 15
Ian Gould, ‘Shifting the gaze’, Sydney Star Observer, 17 March 2005, p. 17
Jim Vivieaere, ‘The self-effacement of Shigeyuki Kihara’, Fa’a Fafine: In a Manner of a Woman, catalogue essay, March–April 2005
Nada Tielu, ‘Vavau exhibition first for artist’, Samoa Observer, 8 December 2004
Rhoda Fowler, ‘Current events conundrum’, History Now, exhibition catalogue, Te Tuhi – The Mark, Auckland, 2004
Hanna Scott, ‘Telecom Prospect 2004’, Pavement, Auckland, 2004
Caroline Vercoe, ‘Many faces of paradise’, in Caroline Vercoe & Melissa Chiu (eds), Paradise Now?, exhibition catalogue, Asia Society Museum, New York, 2004
Jim Vivieaere, ‘Melding boundaries in a liminal space: The art of Shigeyuki Kihara’, Object, 43, 2003, pp. 30–3
Emily Watt, ‘Life inside out: Award-winning artist blurs the boundaries of race and gender’, New Zealand Herald, 20 November 2003
Shigeyuki Kihara, ‘Pacific body beautiful’, in Sean Mallon & Fuli Pereira (eds), Pacific Art Niu Sila, Te Papa Press, Wellington, 2002
Sandra McLean, ‘Pacific divas upstage Asia’s art giants’, www.thecouriermail.com
Maud Page, 4th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, exhibition catalogue, Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, 2002
Anon, ‘Polifusion’, LOOP, 2001
Anon, ‘Te Papa’s t-shirt in a storm’, Sunday Star Times, 2001
Jan Corbett, ‘Challenging the tyranny of the brand’, Weekend Herald, 24–25 March 2001
Aaron Lister, Art New Zealand, Wellington, no. 99, 2001, pp. 50–51
Philip Matthews, ‘Bite the brand that feeds’, The Listener, 2001
Tony Potter, ‘She wears her art up her sleeve’, Sunday Star Times, 2001
Ian Wedde, More or Less, exhibition catalogue, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington, 2001
Robert McFarlane, ‘From ethereal light to captivation’, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 March 2005, p. 15
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