June 30, 2022

Contemporary Hum: An interview with the curators of Paradise Camp

CONTEMPORARY HUM Natalie, you said that you went on-site to Sāmoa during the filming of Paradise Camp. Was that your first time there and first time meeting the local Fa‘afafine community with Yuki Kihara? How was this experience and, in […]
June 30, 2022

Contemporary HUM: An interview with Yuki Kihara

Traversing the topics of small island ecologies, queer rights and decolonisation, Yuki Kihara’s Paradise Camp at La Biennale di Venezia 2022 marks a number of firsts for Aotearoa New Zealand’s national pavilion as the artist selected is Pasifika, Asian and […]
June 30, 2022

North & South: Paradise Camp

In a groundbreaking exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale, art, history and gender lines are redrawn, bringing Pacific fabulousness to the sinking city. The South Pacific has arrived at the 2022 Biennale di Venezia in a wave of lush, glorious […]
June 3, 2022

Creative New Zealand reviews participation at Biennale Arte

The last external review of New Zealand’s participation in the Biennale was conducted in 2006. A lot has changed since then; COVID-19 has impacted delivery models, how others engage, and the capacity and ambition of the arts sector have shifted. […]
May 2, 2022

The Guardian: Fa’afafine Yuki Kihara celebrates Samoa’s third gender: ‘Galleries think they can tick the box with me’

Ahead of the opening of Paradise Camp, Yuki Kihara talked to The Guardian about how it feels to be representing New Zealand at the Venice Biennale; building Fa’afafine capital; the disconnect between the representation and reality of Sāmoa, and more: […]
May 2, 2022

OCULA: Yuki Kihara’s Paradise Camp

Leading up to the opening of the 59th Venice Biennale, Kihara embarked on a dialogue with Paradise Camp curator Natalie King, discussing early influences, colonial portraiture, research methodologies, and empowering the Fa’afafine community in her new work. “Just as Gauguin used […]