Born in Samoa 1975.
An artist of Samoan decent, Kihara uses her own body as a medium through photography, video, and live performance exploring varying relationships between gender, race, culture, and politics. She is also active as a curator.
'Siva in Motion' (2012) is a silent video work featuring Kihara appearing in the guise of 'Salome' a fictitious character donning a Victorian mourning dress performing a stately dance informed by the customary dance of the 'taualuga' from the islands of Samoa. Her layered, ghostly figures alludes to the tsunami in September 2009 responsible for the death of close to 200 people in the islands of Samoa, American Samoa and northern Tonga.
Recent solo exhibitions includes Utah Museum of Fine Arts (2013) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2008) and many other international group exhibitions such as the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art; Auckland Triennial; Sakahan Quinquennial and the Daegu Biennial. This is her first exhibition in Japan.