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Wallace Art Awards 2012

Shigeyuki Kihara, Galu Afi: Waves of Fire, 2012, silent performance DVD, 4 min 49 sec - pic by Tanya Ruka
Shigeyuki Kihara, Galu Afi: Waves of Fire - pic by Tanya Ruka
John Brown, John Wayne, 2012, urethane resin, silicone, floc, acrylic, 520 x 330 x 250mm
Katie Theunissen, Entanglement, 2012, oil on canvas, 1500 x 1885mm
Steve Carr, Burn Out, 2009, 16mm film transferred to DVD, 4 min 53 sec
Shigeyuki Kihara has received the Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award for the silent performance video work entitled Galu Afi: Waves of Fire.

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Shigeyuki Kihara has received the 2012 Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award for the silent performance video work entitled Galu Afi: Waves of Fire.

The work explores the ancient Samoan dance form of taualuga as choreography, with Kihara dressed in the guise of a demure Samoan woman in Victorian mourning dress. This choreography describes the movements of the September 2009 tsunami in American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga.

The 21st Annual Wallace Art Awards, with prizes amounting to more than $165,000, were presented by Rt Hon Sir Don McKinnon at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre last night, Monday 3 September 2012.

This year the Wallace Arts Trust received 502 entries from which 118 entries have been selected as finalists. Forty six finalists have been chosen for the Award Winners & Travelling Finalists exhibition and the balance is represented in the Salon des Refuses.

The 2012 Awards were judged by three prominent art practitioners – Warwick Brown, Derrick Cherrie and Sam Mitchell. This year’s Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award judging panel was comprised of Scott Optican, Carole Shepheard, Peter Robinson and Warwick Brown.

The 2012 winners are:

Shigeyuki Kihara - The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award
Shigeyuki receives a six month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, USA.

Steve Carr - Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award
Steve receives a three month residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, USA.

John Brown - The Kaipara Foundation Wallace Arts Trust Award
John receives a three month residency at the Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland.

Katie Theunissen - The Wallace Arts Trust Development Award
Katie receives a two month residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, USA.

Karin Hofko - Ist Runner-up Award
Karin is awarded $2000 cash.

Tessa Laird - 2nd Runner-up Award
Tessa is awarded $2000 cash.

Erica van Zon - Jury Award
This prize is non-monetary.

The People’s Choice Award, worth $500, will be determined after the Travelling Finalists Exhibition has concluded at Pataka Museum on 24 February 2013.

The Award Winners & Travelling Finalists exhibition will be exhibited at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre in Auckland from 4 September to 11 November 2012, Pataka Museum from 1 December 2012 to 24 February 2013 and Wallace Gallery Morrinsville 13 March to 5 May 2013.

The Salon des Refuses will be exhibited at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre from 4 September to 18 November 2012.

  • Further information on Shigeyuki Kihara, Galu Afi: Waves of Fire, 2012, digital video, 4 min 59 sec

The silent performance video work entitled Galu Afi: Waves of Fire is an extension of Kihara’s recent solo dance performance and video work entitled Taualuga: The Last Dance (2005). Galu Afi explores the ancient Samoan dance form of taualuga as choreography, with Kihara dressed in the guise of a demure Samoan woman in Victorian mourning dress.

This choreography describes the movements of the Tsunami in September 2009, which took the lives of more than 189 people in American Samoa, Samoa and Tonga, and is physically in conversation with the sequential analysis of photographic fracturing of time, which references 19th century Western Futurist photographers.

While Futurist photographers such as Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne Jules Marey used photography as a tool for the analysis of dynamic motion, Galu Afi looks back into history to reveal the wisdom of indigenous belief systems.

Media Release: The Wallace Arts Trust

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The James Wallace Arts Trust

4 Sep 2012

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