In this photographic triptych, the artist is shown in a grass skirt, as a seemingly conventional dusky nude, and with penis exposed.
Fa'a fefine: in the manner of a woman 1-3 by Shigeyuki Kihara, 20042005
© The artist
- C-type photographs on aluminium
- Each 60 x 80 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £1,075 ( Total: £2,121)
- Acquired in:
- Sherman Galleries, Sydney
The work is a response to the long tradition of studio, travel, and anthropological photography, which featured a preoccupation with the stereotype of the dusky maiden. Faa fefine is Samoan for in the manner of a woman and refers to a transgender role that was a prominent element of local culture long before Western influence. The Museum is in the process of acquiring works of contemporary Pacific Island art that complement, respond to, and contextualize the Museums great collections of historic Oceanic art.
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