Urban Pacific: Contemporary Indigenous Cultures from New Zealand and the Pacific

When 21 Nov 2013
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Where Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
8 Washington Mews
New York City, NY 10003
United States
Enquiry (212) 998-3700

Rosanna Raymond & Katrina Talei Igglesden in performance. Photographer: Greg Semu.

A Lecture by Shigeyuki Kihara

A native of Samoa, Shigeyuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist whose work examines the notions surrounding gender, history, and representation in post-colonial societies. Her solo exhibition, Shigeyuki Kihara: Living Photographs (2008-9), was the MET’s first exhibition of contemporary Samoan art. This Fall, Kihara is in residence at the International Studio and Curatorial Program.

Kihara will discuss a thriving contemporary urban movement amongst Maori and Pacific Islander communities from New Zealand. Mario A. Caro (NYU Draper Program) leads the conversation.

RSVP by Tuesday, November 19 using the form below.

Co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU, NYC Pacific Studies Working Group, and NYU Native American and Indigenous Students’ Group.

Shigeyuki Kihara‘s work has been presented at the Asia-Pacific Triennial, Auckland Triennial, and Sakahàn Quinquennial. Kihara’s film, photography, and performances have also been shown at the de Young Museum (San Francisco), Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (Sydney), Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand (Wellington), Zendai Museum of Modern Art (Shanghai), Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), National Museum of Poznań (Warsaw), Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale (Italy), Rautenstrauch Joest Museum (Colonge), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin), Musée du quai Branly (Paris), Trodheim Kunstmuseum (Norway), and National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa). Kihara’s most recent mid-career survey exhibition entitled Undressing the Pacific presented at the Hocken Library will tour several New Zealand institutions through 2013-14. A publication on Kihara’s work is currently being edited by art historian Erika Wolf.


Mario A. Caro is a researcher, curator, and critic of contemporary art, having published widely on the history, theory, and criticism of contemporary Indigenous arts. He is currently an assistant professor in the John W. Draper Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at NYU. His work within the academy complements his endeavors to further global cultural exchange. He is on the board of various organizations focused on art residencies and is the current president of Res Artis, an international network of residencies focused on promoting the worldwide mobility of artists.

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