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Internationally renowned artist Yuki Kihara - the first Fa'afafine and Pacific artist to represent Aotearoa New Zealand at the Venice Biennale - reframes history through a contemporary queer, Indigenous lens. 

Interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara is the first Pasifika and first Fa'afafine artist to be presented by New Zealand at the prestigious 59th International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia, with a ground-breaking exhibition of new work that addresses some of the most pressing issues of our time. Kihara's work interrogates and dismantles gender roles, consumerism, (mis)representation, and colonial legacies in the Pacific. Edited by Natalie King, who has commissioned provocative essays from contributors from around the world, Paradise Camp contextualises Kihara’s lifetime of works, which puncture and expose queer and question dominant narratives, turning so-called history on its head. 

  • By Yuki Kihara
  • Edited by Natalie King
  • Hardback book
  • 160 pages
  • Measures approximately 27 x 19.5 cm
  • Publication date:23 April 2022
  • ISBN: 9781760761424 

Yuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist living and working on Upolu Island, Samoa. Since her solo acquisitive exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2008, Kihara has exhibited extensively all over the world. Her work is held in major collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, British Museum, Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Kihara is a research fellow at the National Museum of World Cultures in the Netherlands. Natalie King OAM (editor) is an Australian curator, editor and arts leader. She is an Enterprise Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Melbourne.