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dc.contributor.authorSeja, Nina
dc.description.abstractA young Samoan woman stands constrained in a voluminous black dress. The black-and-white photographs emphasize a Victorian formality and sensibility. This ancestor from the past is Shigeyuki Kihara’s Salome, a young ancient who stands at the interstices of the past, present and future. Surveying diverse topographies of the Pacific nation, she looks at what was, and is, and what will be. She is the common thread in Kihara’s recent series ‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’ (2013). Te philosophical undercurrent about the nature of existence echoes Paul Gauguin’s 1897–98 painting of the same name. But the self-reflexivity – a common trope in the oeuvre of this Apia and Auckland-based artist – renders Gauguin’s Pacific through a postcolonial lens. Salome has returned after centuries have passed, to see, as Kihara refects: ‘whether the aspirations that she had in her time have been realised by the descendants, only to come back and perhaps be disappointed by some of the results.’en_NZ
dc.publisherANU School of Art in Canberraen_NZ
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden_NZ
dc.subjectKihara, Shigeyuki (Yuki)en_NZ
dc.subjectcross-disciplinary arten_NZ
dc.subjectWhere do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?’ (2013 - Kihara)en_NZ
dc.subjectclimate change and arten_NZ
dc.titleThe past is a foreign climate : Shigeyuki Kihara meets the Anthropoceneen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden200211 Postcolonial Studiesen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classifieden_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationSeja, N. (2015). The Past is a Foreign Climate: Shigeyuki Kihara Meets the Anthropocene. Art Monthly Australia, 285, pp.28-32.en_NZ
unitec.publication.titleArt Monthly Australiaen_NZ
unitec.publication.placeCanberra, A.C.T., Australiaen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaCommunication Studies

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