Yuki Kihara

YUKI KIHARA (b. 1975, Sāmoa) is an interdisciplinary artist of Japanese and Sāmoan descent whose work seeks to challenge dominant and singular historical narratives by exploring the intersectionality between identity politics, decolonization and ecology through visual arts, dance, and curatorial practice. In 2008, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York presented a solo exhibition of Kihara’s work entitled ‘Living Photographs’ followed by an acquisition of her works by the museum for their permanent collection. Kihara’s works have been presented at the Asia Pacific Triennial (2002 & 2015); Auckland Triennial (2009); Sakahàn Quinquennial (2013); Daegu Photo Biennale (2014); Honolulu Biennale (2017); Bangkok Art Biennale (2018); Venice Biennale (New Zealand Pavilion 2022) and Aichi Triennale (2022). Kihara is a research fellow at the National Museum of World Cultures in The Netherlands. Kihara lives and works in Sāmoa, where she has been based over the past 11 years.

Artist Events

What is nation?

iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) in partnership with aabaakwad (it clears after a storm) raises the question of, ‘What is nation?’ with artists Sonia Boyce, Zineb Sedira, Stan Douglas and Yuki Kihara chaired by iniva artistic director Sepake Angiama.