August 16, 2022

Hyperallergic: Celebrating Sāmoa’s Third Gender Through Radical Camp

VENICE — Sāmoa is often depicted by outsiders as a paradise: white sandy beaches edged with palm trees, cocktail bars, and colorful “local life.” Travel agencies and cruise liners sell a familiar colonial story of exoticism and beauty, illustrated by […]
August 10, 2022

Yuki Kihara Talk on ‘Paradise Camp’

Artist Yuki Kihara presents her critically acclaimed exhibition, Paradise Camp. This event is part of Making Spaces, the talk series hosted by Te Waka Tūhura Elam School of Fine Arts and Design. It aims to make space for artists and […]
August 2, 2022

Massey University: Yuki Kihara – An Unstoppable Creative Force

“I make sure that within my own practice that I know, does it touch the mind? And does it touch the heart? Because I want both things to connect. Because it’s really important for me as a Pacific Islander, particularly […]
August 2, 2022

Musée Magazine: Book Review – Paradise Camp

In Sāmoa, it is often said that “the most beautiful women are men.” (Paul Miles, Transgender in the Pacific – Fa’afafine, fakaleiti and mahu.) As with all Polynesian countries, cross-dressing has been an important aspect of Sāmoan culture and is […]