Shigeyuki Kihara is a Samoan born multi-disciplinary artist and independent curator currently based between Apia, Samoa, Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia. She is interested in ways that art, performance and the public interact and prompt discussions towards understanding the complexities of humanity. She utilizes photographic, performance and video media and is well known for her use of subversion as a strategy to address the complex interplay of political power, globalization, cultural identity and gender in contemporary post-colonial societies.
A selection of her works has achieved iconic status and has been critically discussed in diverse areas of academia both in New Zealand and internationally. Kihara’s first solo museum exhibition in North America entitled Shigeyuki Kihara; Living Photographs (2008-09) was held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York following the acquisition of her works by the museum for their permanent collection. In 2012, Kihara was the Paramount Award Winner at the 21st Annual Wallace Art Awards. Kihara was also awarded a New Generation Award from The Arts Foundation of New Zealand in the same year. A mid-career survey exhibition entitled Undressing the Pacific and a research symposium was held in association with the Hocken Library, the Otago Museum and the University of Otago in 2013.