Yuki Kihara

  • Born 1975 in Apia, Sāmoa.
  • Based in Apia, Sāmoa.

Yuki Kihara 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, USA) presented a solo exhibition of Kiharaʼs work entitled ʻLiving Photographsʼ at the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing in The Department of Modern and Contemporary Art featuring highlights of her art practice, followed by an acquisition of her works by the museum for their permanent collection.

Kiharaʼs works are in collections at, among others, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA); British Museum (London); Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (Brisbane, Australia); Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan) and Te Papa Tongarewa Museum (Wellington, New Zealand). Kihara is the official representative for New Zealand at the 59th Venice Biennale (2022, Italy).

  • サーモアのうた (Sāmoa no uta) A Song About Sāmoa - Fanua (Land), 2020/21
  • Courtesy of Yuki Kihara and Milford Galleries Dunedin and Queenstown, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Photo: Glenn Frei