Paradise Camp – NZ at Venice
Kihara’s work seeks to challenge dominant and singular historical narratives through visual arts, dance, and curatorial practice, engaging with postcolonial history and representation in the Pacific and how they intersect with race, gender, spirituality and sexual politics. She lives and works in Sāmoa, where she has been based over the last 10 years.
Kihara is the first Pacific artist to be presented in the New Zealand pavilion at the biennale. Yuki has built a reputation for work that is critical, dynamic and engaging. Her appointment marks the urgency for Pacific Indigenous perspectives in global dialogues, highlights New Zealand’s historical and ongoing social, political and cultural engagement with the Pacific, and continues to build New Zealand’s reputation of being an innovative country with a diverse range of arts practice.