A native of Sāmoa, Yuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist whose work seeks to challenge dominant and singular historical narratives through visual arts, dance, and curatorial practice, engaging with postcolonial history and representation in Oceania and how they intersect with race, gender, spirituality, ecology and sexual politics.
In 2008, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York presented a solo exhibition of Kihara’s work entitled Living Photographs featuring highlights of her interdisciplinary art practice, followed by an acquisition of her works by the museum for their permanent collection. Kihara’s work can also be found in the collections, among others, including the Wallace Ars Foundation, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, British Museum, and Giorgio Armani to name a few.
Kihara’s works have been presented at the Asia Pacific Triennale (2002 & 2015), Auckland Triennale (2009), Sakahàn Quinquennial (2013), Daegu Photo Biennale (2014), Honolulu Biennale (2017), and Bangkok Art Biennale (2018). In addition, Kihara’s works has been presented, among others, at Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai; Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre; Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan; Raw Material Company, Dakar; Goodman Gallery, Cape Town; Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels; Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Cologne; National Museum of Poznan, Poland; Trondheim Kunstmuseum, Norway; Centro Ricerca Arte Attuale, Verbania; Royal Academy of Arts, London; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, USA; Orange County Museum of Art, USA; Allen Memorial Museum of Art, USA; Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, New Caledonia; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; 4A Center for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney; Campbelltown Arts Center, Sydney; Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne; Auckland Art Gallery Toi I Tamaki; Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū; City Gallery Wellington; Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand; and the National University of Sāmoa to name a few.