“Shigeyuki Kihara: Artist as Performer”
Friday, October 31
2-3 pm, Public lecture
ART Auditorium

From Samoa and Aotearoa/ New Zealand, Shigeyuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist whose work engages in a variety of social, political and cultural issues. While currently working with photography, performance and video, Kihara often uses her body as an artistic medium to question colonial representations of the Pacific and the varying relationships between gender, race, culture and politics.

Kihara is a curator and well respected facilitator of educational and community based arts events. Her work has been presented at the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (Australia), Auckland Triennial (New Zealand), Sakahàn Quinquennial (Canada) and Daegu Photo Biennial (South Korea). In 2008, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presented a solo exhibition of Kihara’s work entitled ‘Living Photographs’ featuring highlights of her interdisciplinary practice, followed by an acquisition of her works by the museum for their permanent collection. This year, Kihara’s work was acquired by the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Ohio and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Kihara’s work is the subject of a mid-career survey exhibition entitled Undressing the Pacific, organized and presented by the Hocken Collections, University of Otago in New Zealand. Undressing the Pacific is currently touring throughout museum institutions in New Zealand from 2013 till 2015.

Following the Shigeyuki Kihara’s lecture there will be a performance and installation event from 3-5 pm in Commons Gallery, Department of Art & Art History. This lecture is the closing event for the exhibition ArtSpeak (

Co-sponsors: Honolulu Biennial and UHM’s Academy for Creative Media, American Studies, Center for Pacific Island Studies, Department of Art & Art History Department, Ethnic Studies, Museum Studies Program, and Samoan Studies.

Image credit: Photo by Greg Semu