White Night: Der Papālagi (The White Man) reading by David Fane
ST PAUL St Gallery Three
WB Building, 63 Wellesley Street East
18 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017
Renowned actor David Fane reads from Der Papālagi by Erich Scheurmann, the book that inspired Yuki Kihara's exhibition Der Papālagi (The White Man).
David Fane is an award-winning actor and writer on stage and screen. He played multiple characters in animated TV hit bro’Town, dispensed wise words as Falani on Outrageous Fortune, and was a founding member of comedy group The Naked Samoans. Fane juggles his acting commitments with his role as one of the breakfast hosts on hip hop and R&B station Flava FM. Fane is known on the airwaves as Dr Fane.
Der Papālagi (The White Man) responds to German national Erich Scheurmann’s book Der Papālagi. Published in 1920 the book contains revelations about European culture as ostensibly made by Tuiavii, a chief who had been taken to Europe as a part of a völkerschaugruppe (a native performance group). However, it was later discovered that these speeches were not actually Tuiavii’s social commentary translated by Scheurmann, but Scheurmann’s thoughts and world-views published under this pseudonym. 
Yuki Kihara’s solo exhibition Der Papālagi (The White Man), in ST PAUL St Gallery Three uses Scheurmann’s text as a spring board for a series of new work. In this work Kihara films and photographs Barbara and Christian Durst, a German couple who have lived in Samoa for 24 years, standing dressed in indigenous Samoan regalia reserved for those of the highest ranks in a series of locations across the country’s capital Apia. The series raises questions about Sāmoan nationalism and the politics of home and belonging, exploring ethical boundaries between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation.
. Yuki Kihara, ‘Der Papālagi (The White Man) - artist statement’, Milford Galleries Dunedin (accessed 17 January 2017). https://www.milfordgalleries.co.nz/dunedin/submissions/10321-9b5290a9
Yuki Kihara received support from Creative New Zealand to make this work. Der Papālagi (The White Man) is courtesy of the artist and Milford Galleries Dunedin, New Zealand. This exhibition is presented in association with Auckland Arts Festival 2017.
White Night: SaVAge K'lub activates Still, Like Air, I'll Rise
ST PAUL St Galleries One & Two
8 – 10pm
18 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017
SaVAges @ Brisbane, QAGOMA, 2016.
At 8pm following on from David Fane’s Der Papālagi reading in Gallery Three, SaVAge K’lub will activate the gallery spaces and surrounds of Still, Like Air, I’ll Rise.
SaVAge K’lub presents 21st Century South Sea SaVAgery, "influencing art and culture through the interfacing of time and space, deploying weavers of words, rare anecdotalists, myth makers, hip shakers, navigators, red faces, fabricators, activators, installators to institute the non-cannibalistic cognitive consumption of the other."
Still, Like Air, I’ll Rise
Galleries One and Two 6 – 10.00pm
Hannah Brontë, Esther Ige, Lisa Reihana, Skawennati, Salote Tawale, Leafa Wilson & Olga Krause.
Curated by Abby Cunnane and Charlotte Huddleston
24 February 2017 - 31 March 2017
There is an element of triumph in every gesture of defiance. “But still, like air, I’ll rise” wrote Maya Angelou in 1978. Writing of resilience under oppression, she is speaking for her race and gender in an address of historical and structural oppression of Black Americans. It’s an attitude of powerful dissent that the works in this exhibition have in common. The works in Still, Like Air, I’ll Rise have no patience for generalising rhetoric around ‘making change’. Rather each attends to its specific social-political context, and the gestures are direct.
Still, Like Air, I’ll Rise is presented in association with Auckland Arts Festival 2017.
The SaVAge K'lub activiation has been made possible with the support of Creative New Zealand.
17 Aug 2017 - 19 Aug 2017
2016 Symposium, Hoani Waititi Marae. Photo Ziggy Lever.
The 2017 Symposium will be held in Auckland from the 17th of August until the 19th of August. Please check back soon for more details.