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Shigeyuki Kihara Exhibition Opening


Thu 22 May 2014, 6:00pm–8:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages

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Please join us for the opening of Shigekuki Kihara's solo exhibition, 'Dance of the Seven Veils', at Corban Estate Arts Centre. One of the country's most internationally acclaimed Pacifika artists, Kihara will present a collection of video and photographic works.

Since 2002 Shigeyuki Kihara has imagined the solemn dances and wanderings of ‘Salome’, a fictitious character based on an unknown woman clad in Victorian mourning, staring confidently from Thomas Andrew’s photograph 'Samoan Half Caste' (1886, Te Papa). 'Dance of the Seven Veils', a title inspired by a play written by Oscar Wilde, brings Salome to Corban Estate Arts Centre for the first time.

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.

The exhibition runs through until Sunday 22 June, and is accompanied by a public forum on Saturday 24 May (1-3pm), and a kid's workshop on Saturday 31 May (11am).

The exhibition has been made possible with the support of Creative New Zealand and the Auckland Festival of Photography.

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