Shigeyuki Kihara (b. 1975) is a visual artist and independent curator of Samoan and Japanese heritage. She immigrated to New Zealand from Western Samoa in 1989. In the 1990s after studying Fashion Design and Technology at Wellington Polytechnic she began working as a stylist, an experience that led her to becoming interested in studio photography and art directing.
Her interdisciplinary work engages in variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Often referencing Pacific history, her work explores the varying relationships between gender, race, culture and politics. Kihara has been exhibiting internationally since 2004. Shigeyuki Kihara was a participating artist in the Framer Framed group exhibition Embodied Spaces in 2015, curated by Christine Eyene. At Framer Framed, she was also a guest speaker for the symposium Declassified – How to Un/Engender the Ethnographic Object? in 2017, organised in collaboration with the Tropenmuseum and the Research Centre for Material Culture. Her artwork is part of major international public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Ohio, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Kihara will represent New Zealand at the 2021 Venice Biennale, marking a milestone as the first artist of Pacific descent to ever represent the country in the art biennale.