The inaugural Honolulu Biennial, Middle of Now | Here, opens on March 8th and will include works from Yuki Kihara’s 2015 exhibition A Study of a Samoan Savage. One of six New Zealand artists selected to take part, Kihara addresses historical and contemporary politics of the body and the exoticisation and fetishisation of Pasifika peoples. A Study of a Samoan Savage was also shown at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in 2016.
Under the curatorial direction of Fumio Nanjo, Director of Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum and Ngahiraka Mason, formerly Curator of Indigenous Art, Maori Art at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the Honolulu Biennale aims to “shine a spotlight on the collective artistic vision from this important and dynamic Pacific neighborhood”. (1) Other artists showing at the Biennal include Yayoi Kusama (Japan), Lee Ming Wei (Taiwan), and Les Filter Feeders (Hawai’i).