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Shigeyuki Kihara: Where Do We Come From?...


Wed 14 May 2014, 10:00am–4:30pm
Thu 15 May 2014, 10:00am–4:30pm
Fri 16 May 2014, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sat 17 May 2014, 10:00am–4:30pm
Sun 18 May 2014, 11:00am–4:30pm

Where: PATAKA Art + Museum, Cnr Parumoana and Norrie St, Porirua - Mana, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages


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Listed by: NewZealandFestival

Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? is the latest photographic series by Shigeyuki Kihara in which the artist performs a fictitious narrative in the guise of a resurrected 19th Century Samoan woman examining current Samoan culture and society following the tsunami of 2009, 2012′s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Samoa’s independence and, most recently, the destruction caused by Cyclone Evan.

Kihara lifts her title from a major painting by Paul Gauguin, completed in Tahiti shortly before his death in 1897. While referencing the aging French artist’s struggle with the meaning of existence, Kihara focuses enquiry on the meaning and future of contemporary Samoa.

This event is a part of the 2014 New Zealand Festival. Go to to see the full programme.