Yuki Kihara’s Paradise Camp reflects on pertinent local and global issues from the unique perspective of Fa'afafine – Sāmoa’s third gender community to which she belongs.
Curated by Natalie King, Paradise Camp was shot and filmed on location in Upolu Island, Sāmoa, featuring a local cast and crew of over 80 people.
Paradise Camp comprises a suite of twelve tableau photographs in saturated colour; a five-part episodic talk show series whereby a group of Fa‘afafine comment wittily on select Gauguin paintings in First Impressions: Paul Gauguin interspersed with footage from Fa'afafine beauty pageants..
Further information can be found in Yuki Kihara: Paradise Camp, a companion publication to the exhibition published by Thames and Hudson and edited by Natalie King.
In New Zealand and Australia, I had to
adapt to that Western life: I couldn’t
be the fa’afafine I had to be.
It is written (in the bible) that a tane cannot
sleep with a tane, but it is not written that a tane
cannot sleep with a fa’afafine.
Dan Taulapapa McMullin
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