Interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara is the first Pasifika and first Fáfafine artist to be presented by New Zealand at the prestigious 59th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. With a groundbreaking exhibition of new work that addresses some of the most pressing issues of our time, Kihara’s work interrogates and dismantles gender roles, consumerism, (mis)representation, and colonial legacies in the Pacific. Edited by Natalie King, who has commissioned provocative essays by contributors from around the world, this publication contextualizes Kihara’s works from her entire career, which puncture and expose, queer and question dominant narratives, turning history on its head.
Yuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist living and working on Upolu Island, Samoa. Since her solo acquisitive exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2008, Kihara has exhibited extensively all over the world. Her work is held in major collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, British Museum, Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art, and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Kihara is a research fellow at the National Museum of World Cultures in the Netherlands.
Natalie King is a leading Australian curator. She is Chief Curator of Biennial Lab, City of Melbourne and Senior Research Fellow, Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne. She is also the editor or coeditor of numerous publications on art.