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Dance of the Seven Veils: Public Forum


Sat 24 May 2014, 1:00pm–3:00pm

Where: Corban Estate Arts Centre, 2 Mount Lebanon Ln, Henderson, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: office134

'The Dance of the Seven Veils' forum explores the ideas behind Shigeyuki Kihara's current exhibition at the Corban Estate Arts Centre, and addresses Kihara’s key themes: representation, historical revisionism and the narrative in contemporary art.

Shigeyuki Kihara will be in discussion with Dr Billie Lythberg and art historian Samantha McKegg. Billie will locate Shigeyuki’s exhibition on the site of the Corbans’ homestead, discussing the history of the Corban family's association with West Auckland, focusing on their repurposing of the land for vineyards and the reconstitution of a home away from home. Looking further back, the talk will also discuss the Corban Estate Arts Centre's place in the traditional lands of Te Kawerau a Maki.

The three video works in the exhibitions explore the ancient Samoan dance form taualuga, a complex ballet. Whereas 'Taualuga; the last dance' (2006) is an elegant exploration of the power of the last dance, 'Siva in Motion' (2012) and 'Galu Afi; Waves of Fire' are (2012) are devastating in their power as they echo the destructive waves of the 2009 tsunami in Samoa, American Samoa and northern Tonga, responsible for the deaths of nearly 200 people.Using the character Salome, Kihara lifts the veil from portrayals of her home country through the lenses of colonial powers and tourist photographs, to reveal the effects of global warming when the iconic signifiers of 'Paradise' are destroyed.

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