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Shigeyuki Kihara

Shigeyuki Kihara (b. 1975, Samoa; lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand)

Shigeyuki Kihara is 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. Her work 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.

Culture for Sale
City Gallery Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?
Pataka Museum of Arts and Cultures, Porirua City, New Zealand

2013 – ongoing
Shigeyuki Kihara: Undressing the Pacific
Hocken Library, University of Otago, Otago, touring New Zealand in 2016

Salt 8: Shigeyuki Kihara
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Utah, United States

Living Photograph
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States


Asia Pacific Triennial
Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland, Australia

WHERE WE’RE AT! Oher Voices on Gender
Bozar, Brussels, Belgium

Sakahàn: International Quinquennial of Indigenous Art
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

Lips Painted Red
Trondheim kunstmuseum, Trondheim, Norway

Made in Oceania: Tapa – Art and Social Landscapes
Rautenstrau – Joest Museum Cultures of the world, Cologne, Germany

Edge of Elsewhere
Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, Australia

Home AKL
Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand

Samoan Art: Urban
Young Fine Art Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco, United States


Exhibition: Embodied Spaces

An exhibition curated by Christine Eyene on the body, gender and identity.


Symposium: Declassified – How to Un/Engender the Ethnographic Object?
On the (historical) construction of gender and sexuality within the ethnographic collecting practices of museums.