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Venice darling Paradise Camp comes to Australia

Image from Yuki Kihara's Paradise Camp

“A gender-bending hit show from the Venice Biennale is set to open at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum.

“Yuki Kihara’s show Paradise Camp achieved international acclaim at the 59th Biennale and by the time it finished up in the New Zealand pavilion just over a week ago, it had drawn 485,000 visitors.

“The show looks at the notion of paradise from an indigenous and queer perspective and argues that France’s most famous post-impressionists, Paul Gauguin, based some of his Tahiti paintings on scenes that were actually from Samoa.

“Kihara is not only the first Pacific Islander to represent New Zealand at the prestigious Biennale, she is also the first fa’afafine artist.”

Read more on the Canberra Times website