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281 Karangahape Rd Auckland

Yuki Kihara

A Study of a Samoan Savage


Contributors: Andrew Clifford, Mandy Treagus, Dr Lisa Uperesa, Momoe von Reiche

Published to accompany the an exhibition of the same name at Te Uru, A Study of a Samoan Savage responds, in part, to the recent problematic treatment of Polynesian men as powerful but primitive players in Rugby culture. Large format photographs and a life-size projection are displayed alongside rare archives to critique the historical and ongoing fetishising of Samoan men as athletic specimens. Using a sequential photographic process, Kihara subverts the anthropological impulses that objectify, exoticise and eroticise the Pacific male body. The publication includes specially commissioned essays that explore the history of anthropology, anthropometry, photography, colonisation and sporting culture.