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Galu Afi: Waves of Fire
Paramount Award Winner, 2012 Wallace Awards

The silent performance video work entitled Galu Afi: Waves of Fire is an extension of Kihara’s video Taualuga: The Last Dance (2005). Galu Afi explores the ancient Samoan dance form of taualuga as choreography, with Kihara dressed in the guise of a demure Samoan woman in Victorian mourning dress. This choreography describes the movements of the Tsunami in September 2009, which took the lives of more than 189 people in American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga, and is physically in conversation with the sequential analysis of photographic fracturing of time, which references 19th century Western Futurist photographers. While Futurist photographers such as Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne Jules Marey used photography as a tool for the analysis of dynamic motion, Galu Afi looks back into history to reveal the wisdom of indigenous belief systems.

A native of Samoa, Shigeyuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist whose work engages in a variety of social, political and cultural issues. Often referencing Pacific history, her work explores the varying relationships between gender, race, culture and politics. Kihara’s work has been presented at the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, Auckland Triennial, Sakahàn Quinquennial and the upcoming Daegu Biennale in Korea.

Catalogue text:
Twenty Five Years of Winners
The Wallace Art Awards Paramount Winners 1992-2016
Performance, digital video.
4 min 59 sec duration
Accession date
26 Jun 2013
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