Artist Yuki Kihara presents a new project, “Paradise Camp,” at the New Zealand Pavilion of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, on view through November 27. Curated by Professor Natalie King, the artist explores the intersection of colonization, queer rights, and climate catastrophe with the creation and collection of photographs, video and archival material. From the often unseen perspective of a Pasifika, Asian and Fa’afafine (Samoa’s third gender), Kihara closely examines complex postcolonial histories and questions Western misconceptions. The artist brings to light crucial elements of New Zealand’s enduring social, political, and cultural engagement with the Pacific, while drawing attention to marginalized histories and the concerns of her community.
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