We congratulate Yuki Kihara on the news announced today that she will represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the 59th Venice Biennale in 2021.
Yuki Kihara is a dynamic interdisciplinary artist of Japanese and Samoan descent whose work seeks to challenge dominant and singular historical narratives through visual arts, dance, and curatorial practice, engaging with postcolonial history and representation in the Pacific and how they intersect with race, gender, spirituality and sexual politics. Her next New Zealand solo exhibition opens at Milford Galleries Dunedin in November 29.
Natalie King, the curator for New Zealand’s participation, is currently Enterprise Professor at the University of Melbourne. Natalie has extensive curatorial experience in contemporary art across Australia, Asia-Pacific and Europe. She was the curator of Tracey Moffatt’s acclaimed exhibition for the Australian pavilion at the Biennale Arte 2017 and is now working towards curation of an exhibition at the Tokyo Museum of Photography as part of the 2020 Tokyo Cultural Olympiad.