Der Papālagi (The White Man)
24 February – 31 March 2017
ST PAUL St Gallery, Auckland
White Night, 18 March, 6.30pm: Renowned actor David Fane reads from Der Papālagi by Erich Scheurmann, the book that inspired Yuki Kihara‘s exhibition Der Papālagi (The White Man).
Yuki Kihara’s Der Papālagi (The White Man) opens at ST PAUL St Gallery 24 Feb ’17. The exhibition responds to German national Erich Scheurmann’s 1920 book Der Papālagi. Kihara staged a social experiment in which Christian and Barbara Durst – German migrants living in Sāmoa for over 24 years – “go native” appearing dressed in full indigenous Sāmoan regalia in locations in and around Apia. The series raises questions about Sāmoan nationalism and the politics of home and belonging, exploring ethical boundaries between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation.
The work premieres on 18 November at Cairns Regional Gallery, Queensland.
Yuki Kihara received support from Creative New Zealand to make this work.
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