01 February - 30 March 2014

Shigeyuki Kihara: Culture For Sale

Shigeyuki Kihara is a Samoan-born artist whose work explores themes of cultural representation,colonialism, identity and consumerism.

For City Gallery, Shigeyuki presents Culture for Sale, a live performance and interactive video installation informed by the groups of 19th century Samoan men, women and small children who toured Germany as part of a ‘human zoo’. Commonly known as ‘Völkerschau’, this practice was a popular form of entertainment and colonial theatre. The project is one outcome of Kihara’s travel to Germany, supported by the Goethe-Institut, to investigate museum archives related to the German administration of Samoa from 1900 until 1914.

The first iteration of this Culture for Sale was presented at the Sydney Festival in 2012, watch the video.

Shigeyuki's solo exhibition Shigeyuki Kihara: Living Photographs featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in September 2008. Read more about Shigeyuki on her website

Culture for Sale at City Gallery is supported by Massey University College of Creative Arts.

Culture for Sale live performances:

Saturday 22 February, 1-4pm (during and after the Culture for Sale forum)
Saturday 1 March, 12-1pm
Saturday 8 March, 12-1pm
Saturday 15 March, 12-1pm
Saturday 22 March, 12-1pm
Saturday 29 March, 12-1pm