Shigeyuki Kihara, a visual and performance artist, curator and freelance fashion editor is in New York for the opening of her solo installation “Shigeyuki Kihara: Living Photographs” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (on display Oct 7, 2008 – Feb 1, 2009) and for the accompanying artist talk and solo performance of “Tualuga; the last dance.”
Shigeyuki, of Japanese and Samoan parentage, came to New Zealand in 1989 and is the recipient of the Emerging Pacific Artist Award from Creative New Zealand Arts Council in 2003. Her work is in numerous public collections including: Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (Sydney) and University of Cambridge Museum of Archeology & Anthropology (UK). In 2007, two of her works were purchased by The Metropolitan Museum. Shigeyuki is also actively involved in grass roots projects aiming to empower ‘Third Gender’ communities in the Pacific. http://www.shigeyukikihara.com
Image: ‘Taualuga; the Last Dance’ 2006, Shigeyuki Kihara. Still from Performance DVD. Courtesy of Shigeyuki Kihara.