“With its pastiche referencing of ethnographic photography, Kihara’s work functions as a post-colonial critique of a specific type of European vision of Pacific peoples. However, Kihara also utilizes this problematic ethnographic imagery to explore issues related to the artist’s own identity as Fa’afafine. Discussing this series, Kihara notes that “my existence as a Fa’afafine person goes against every thread which makes up the social fabric that is essentially Western based” (Kihara, pers.comm.). In particular, this work provides a critique of the imposition of western binary norms of sexuality and gender onto indigenous Pacific peoples. Just as ethnographic photography provided a limited and distorted stereotypical representation of non-western peoples, the imposition of western concepts of sexuality onto Pacific cultures functioned to impoverish and repress rich, multivalent traditions.” Erika Wolfe, Shigeyuki Kihara’s Fa’afafine; In a Manner of a Woman: The Photographic Theatre of Cross-Cultural Encounter, 2008
Fa’afafine: In a Manner of A Woman (2020) revisits an incredibly iconic body of work from 2004-05. These re-editioned works are available as an exclusive collector’s set in a custom built wooden box or individually (1 triptych and 2 singles). Each of the works has been matted and is ready to frame.