Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going? is the latest photographic series by Shigeyuki Kihara in which the artist performs a fictitious narrative in the guise of a resurrected 19th Century Samoan woman examining current Samoan culture and society following the tsunami of 2009, 2012′s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Samoa’s independence and, most recently, the destruction caused by Cyclone Evan.
Kihara lifts her title from a major painting by Paul Gauguin, completed in Tahiti shortly before his death in 1897. While referencing the aging French artist’s struggle with the meaning of existence, Kihara focuses enquiry on the meaning and future of contemporary Samoa.