salt is an ongoing series of semi-annual exhibitions showcasing work by emerging artists from around the world.
salt 8 features the work of Shigeyuki Kihara, a prominent artist based in New Zealand. Born in 1975 in Samoa to a Buddhist Japanese father and a Christian Samoan mother, Kihara investigates the complexities of cultural identity, colonialism, representation, gender roles, and spirituality through performance, photography, and video.
In the UMFA’s salt gallery, Kihara presents large-scale looping projections of her 2012 videosGalu Afi and Siva in Motion. Inspired by the traditional Samoan dance Taualuga, both videos are lamentations for the loss caused by the 2009 tsunami as well as poetic meditations on Samoa’s colonial past and future climate change. Adjacent to the salt gallery, Kihara has staged a photographic intervention with our Pacific Island collection.
This work is so fascinating, and for me has been enriched with this essay by our curator of modern and contemporary art, Whitney Tassie.
I hope to see you at any of our events for salt 8:
Wednesday October 23 at 6pm–Performance and Reception
Thursday October 24 at 4:30pm–salt Artist Shigeyuki Kihara in conversation with the curator