How Yuki Kihara’s art series deals with present and past reality in Samoa.
What is it about?
The article is about a photographic series by interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara about particular places in Samoa that are of historical significance. The series features a nineteenth century figure who mourns at each site. Events to be mourned include colonial injustices and others caused by climate change.
Why is it important?
Kihara is a significant contemporary artist who will represent New Zealand at the 2021 Venice Biennale. This article draws attention to the way the archival record plays out in the present. It uses the Samoan and Tongan of the va to interpret images from the series.
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