GAX 2022: Visiting Paradise Camp: Indigenous and Asian Art agency from Gauguin to Climate Crisis

Start: Tuesday, June 14, 202211:30 AM Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna (GMT+01:00)

End: Tuesday, June 14, 202212:30 PM Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna (GMT+01:00)

This is a virtual event

Indigenous and Asian Art agency from Gauguin to Climate Crisis

A mini tour with curator Natalie King and conversation with biennale artist Yuki Kihara and scholar Jacqueline Lo

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11:30am-12:30pm CEST (Venice) please note the new time!
Virtual program streamed live from the New Zealand Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale

Join us for a mini tour with curator Natalie King of artist Yuki Kihara’s Paradise Camp presented in the New Zealand Pavilion at this year’s 59th Venice Biennale. A conversation with Yuki Kihara and Jacqueline Lo, Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of the University of Adelaide and Honorary Professor at the Australian National University and an essayist for the exhibition publication will follow on topics related to the Fa’afafine community, Gauguin, as well as the Kihara’s work in relation to Climate Change.

The virtual visit and program will be streaming live from the Arsenale in Venice and is a part of the Global Asia/Pacific Art Exchange (GAX).

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The online program will be closed captioned.

GAX 2022 Venice is sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU in collaboration with NICHE - The New Institute’s Centre for Environmental Humanities at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. Additional funding comes from the Rutgers Global Virtual Exchange Course Development Grant and Rutgers University-Newark Chancellor’s Impact Seed Grant. Special thanks to the New Zealand Pavilion.

Image Credit: Yuki Kihara, Two Fa‘afafine on the beach (After Gauguin), 2020. Image courtesy of Yuki Kihara and Milford Galleries, Aotearoa New Zealand


Yuki Kihara is an interdisciplinary artist of Japanese and Sāmoan descent. Through a research-based approach, her work seeks to challenge dominant and singular historical narratives through a wide range of mediums, including performance, sculpture, video, photography and curatorial practice. Kihara lives and works in Sāmoa, where she has been based over the past 11 years.

Among many exhibitions over the last two decades includes a solo, acquisitive exhibition entitled 'Living Photographs' (2008) presented at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York held at the Lila Acheson Wallace Wing in the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art featuring highlights of her interdisciplinary art practice.                    

Kihara is currently a research fellow (2017 –) at the National Museum of World Cultures, The Netherlands.

Kihara's critically acclaimed exhibition entitled 'Paradise Camp' curated by Natalie King is presented at the New Zealand Pavilion at this year's 59th Venice Biennale.

Photo by Luke Walker

Natalie King is a leading Australian curator, writer and senior researcher engaged with artists and institutions across the Asia-Pacific region and Europe. Current projects include Curator of Yuki Kihara Paradise Camp, Aotearoa New Zealand at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022.

Other biennials include the TarraWarra Biennial: Whisper in My Mask (with Djon Mundine); What happens now?: Melbourne Biennial Lab with Melbourne International Festival and in 2017, King was Curator of Tracey Moffatt: My Horizon, Australian Pavilion, the 57th Venice Art Biennale. King has realised projects in India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Italy, Thailand, Bangladesh, New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Vietnam where she has explored Indigeneity, intersectionality, feminism, and new media.

King is an Enterprise Professor of Visual Arts, Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne. In 2020, King was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for "service to the contemporary visual arts". She is President of AICA-Australia (International Association of Art Critics, Paris). In 2021, she was awarded a University of Melbourne Excellence Award: The Patricia Grimshaw Award for Mentor Excellence.

Photo by Luke Walker

Jacqueline Lo is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International) of the University of Adelaide, and Honorary Professor at the Australian National University. With considerable experience in academic governance and management, she provides leadership and oversight for all University international and internationalization initiatives. An internationally recognized Humanities scholar and pioneer of Asian Australian Studies, her work on multiculturalism, diaspora and public policy has influenced academic and policy sectors in Europe, Asia and the USA. Her research focuses on issues of race, colonialism, diaspora and the interaction of cultures and communities across ethnic, national, and regional borders. She the Founding Chair of the Asian Australian Studies Research Network and member of the NYU Global Arts Exchange Program since 2013. She was awarded the Chevalier l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms) in 2014.