Yuki Kihara – one of New Zealand’s leading interdisciplinary artists – was a Tholenaar van Raalte fellow at the RCMC in 2017.
Yuki Kihara’s work engages with a variety of social, political, and cultural issues. Her interdisciplinary approach seeks to challenge dominant and singular historical narratives through visual arts, dance, and curatorial practice, engaging with Pacific colonial history and representation as they intersect with race, gender, spirituality, and sexual politics.
In the Netherlands, she continues her fellowship which began in 2017 by researching our rich collections to explore issues of cross-cultural exchanges and representations including cultural identities in the contemporary and Dutch constructions of the Pacific. In addition, Kihara will produce a new body of work commissioned by the National Museum of World Cultures presented in 2019. This will be Kihara’s first solo exhibition in the Netherlands and in Europe. As a concrete outcome, the museum hopes to acquire some of Kihara’s work.
A native of Samoa, Yuki Kihara is of Samoan and Japanese heritage. In 2008, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presented a solo exhibition of Kihara’s work entitled Living Photographs featuring highlights of her interdisciplinary art practice, followed by an acquisition of her works by the museum for their permanent collection. Kihara’s work can also be found in the collections, among others, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the British Museum. Kihara’s works has been presented at the Asia Pacific Triennial (2002 & 2015), Auckland Triennial (2009), Sakahàn Quinquennial (2013), Daegu Photo Biennial (2014), Honolulu Biennial (2017) and Bangkok Art Biennial (2018). She lives and works in Sāmoa.
‘First Impressions: Paul Gauguin’ (2018) by Yuki Kihara; Still; HD video; 16:9; 13min duration. 5-part episodic talk-show series. Commissioned by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen. Courtesy of Yuki Kihara, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen and Milford Galleries Dunedin, Aotearoa New Zealand.