Yuki Kihara Solo Exhibition
8 December 2017 – May 2018Â
MTG Hawkeâ€™s Bay Tai Ahuriri
Leading New Zealand artist Yuki Kihara will research and create new artworks exploring the connections between NgÄti Kahungunu and her homeland of Samoa, during a three-week residency hosted by MTG Hawkeâ€™s Bay Tai Ahuriri and supported by Creative New Zealand.
Hosted by MTG Hawkeâ€™s Bay Tai Ahuriri, with support from Creative New Zealand
the Residency ranÂ from 13 â€“ 31 March 2017.
Kiharaâ€™s interest in these connections was inspired by the narrative that tells how the waka Takitimu was built in Samoa many generations before carrying the ancestors of NgÄti Kahungunu to Aotearoa.
Building on this ancestral connection, Kihara will also research current links between MÄori and tagata Samoa in Hawkeâ€™s Bay, looking in particular at shared experiences of colonialism.
As part of her research, she will speak with NgÄti Kahungunu kaumatua, historians, and members of the local Samoan community. She will also visit landing sites of the waka (or vaâ€™a) Takitimu, along with a range of locations relating to contemporary MÄori and Samoan life in Hawkeâ€™s Bay.
The outcome of this residency will be the creation of new photographic artworks, which will see Kihara engage with Te Ao MÄori for the first time. These artworks will be shown as part of Kiharaâ€™s solo exhibition with MTG Hawkeâ€™s Bay in December 2017.
MTG Hawke’s Bay Museum
1 Tennyson Street