Fa’afafine, Fa’atama and Climate Change

Presented by F.I.N.E Festival

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  • Talk/Workshop

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    60 minutes

    (no intermission)

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    F.I.N.E Festival

Presented by F.I.N.E Festival

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Fa’afafine, Fa’atama and Climate Change – A prelude to ‘Paradise Camp’ at 59th Venice Biennale 2022 An artist lecture by Yuki Kihara

The F.I.N.E Festival theme and Sāmoan proverbial experession A logo tai, ua logo uta (When it is felt towards the sea, it is felt towards the land) alludes to the Sāmoan relationship to land as a foundation to oneʻs identity, geneology and spiritual connection with the ancestors. This relationship also extends to the Sāmoan notion of Vā fealoaʻi which means to nurture the space between people – and between people and the natural environment.
 
Today, the symbiotic relationship between human kind and the natural environment is being impacted by Climate change as part of the ongoing colonial legacy in the Moana Pacific. Recent scientific study has shown that the global average for sea-levl rise is between 2.8 to 3.5mm a year compared to Sāmoa experiencing sea-level rise of up to 4mm a year. In addition, Sāmoa experiences, among others, frequent cyclones, floods, ocean acidification and coral bleaching making them at the frontline of Climate change. Subsequently, 80% of Sāmoaʻs population live alongside the coastal areas making them vulnerable to natural disasters, as seen in the tsunami in 2009.
 
In response to the festival theme, my presentation entitled Fa’afafine, Fa’atama and Climate Change is presented as a prelude to one of many themes explored in my upcoming solo exhibition entitled Paradise Camp (2021) curated by Natalie King presented at the Aotearoa New Zealand Pavilion as part of the 59th Venice Biennale opening opening in April 2022. The presentation will explore the intersectionality between Sāmoaʻs Faʻafafine, Fa’atama and the natural enviornment by drawing on archival research and documentation; and will discuss how present-day Faʻafafine and Fa’atama community in Sāmoa are addressing Climate change as agents of change.
 
Biography:
 
Yuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist of Japanese and Sāmoan descent whose work seeks to challenge dominant and singular historical narratives by exploring the intersectionality between identity politics, decolonization and ecology through visual arts, dance, and curatorial practice.
 
In 2008, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York presented a solo exhibition of Kihara’s work entitled ‘Living Photographs’ featuring highlights of her art practice, followed by an acquisition of her works by the museum for their permanent collection. In 2019, Kihara was selected by the Arts Council of New Zealand Toi Aotearoa to represent the Aotearoa New Zealand curated by Natalie King as part of the 59th Venice Biennale opening in April 2022.
 
www.yukikihara.ws

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