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21st Annual Wallace Art Awards Winners Announced

Shigeyuki Kihara
wins The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award - Galu Afi:
Waves of Fire
Shigeyuki Kihara

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday 4 September 2012

21st Annual Wallace Art Awards Winners Announced

The 21st Annual Wallace Art Awards 2012, with prizes amounting to over $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. 46 finalists have been chosen for the Award Winners & Travelling Finalists exhibition and the balance is represented in the Salon des Refusés.

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.


Shigeyuki Kihara The Wallace Arts Trust Paramount Award Shigeyuki receives a 6 month residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, USA.

Steve Carr Fulbright-Wallace Arts Trust Award Steve receives a 3 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 3 month residency at the Altes Spital in Solothurn, Switzerland.

Katie Theunissen The Wallace Arts Trust Development Award Katie receives a 2 month residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, USA.

Karin Hofko Ist Runner-up Award Karin is awarded $2,000 cash.

Tessa Laird 2nd Runner-up Award Tessa is awarded $2,000 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 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 Refusés will be exhibited at the Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre from 4 September to 18 November 2012.


1. Shigeyuki Kihara, Galu Afi: Waves of Fire, 2012, silent performance DVD, 4 min 49 sec Images & further information about Kihara and specifically Galu Afi: Waves of Fire is attached.

2. Steve Carr, Burn Out, 2009, 16mm film transferred to DVD, 4 min 53 sec

3. John Brown, John Wayne, 2012, urethane resin, silicone, floc, acrylic, 520 x 330 x 250mm

4. Katie Theunissen, Entanglement, 2012, oil on canvas, 1500 x 1885mm

5. Karin Hofko, You Were Meant to be a Photograph or a Story of Technology Taking Over, 2012, video, 3 min 55 sec

6. Tessa Laird, Demonological, 2012, screenprint and linoprint, gouache, 700 x 300mm

7. Erica van Zon, Chinese Desert Lines Rug, 2012, wool, canvas cotton, 800 x 1300 x 35mm


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.


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