10, Gender and Sexuality


Definitions of men and women, from biological sex. Physical mental and behavior of characteristics between men and women. Their relationship of the opportunities of these men and women, boys and boys, girls and girls and boys and girls. Why we are different as a brother and sister to show of how these were one of the things that everyone is able to understand. 2000, Ema became very aware of Gender and making art of the way of the voice, the way she wanted to make her art different from the men in ‘Phallas Palace’ exploring the madness as a woman as a gender, to make an artwork about it that made the men angry which it represent them. It made people think she was angry, she had issues, about physically.

Bible Bust [2002] represented the Bible. Looking at Kiki Smith as an artist model and The Guerilla Girls as Activist Art. They were so cool. The Museum of Modern Art, 90’s to 2012. And Bell Hooks, was starting to expose with her writings that helped Ema. Her work will change your world. Drawing Experimentation [2002] – you play with ideas, looking at Fijian weaponry and military weapons. Colour Me Fiji Sulu Project [2005] Wanted to fit in, she made these customised these Sulu. Interested in animal and scoiety. Talking Tivaevae [2006] by Leilani Kake, performance of tacking and presentation of the work. Flax as she collected from her Maori heritage. She used herself in the work, Ema was interested in this. She worked with Leilani. Ema curated Nga Hau E Wha, The Four Winds at Fresh Gallery, Otara in 2011. Vasu, Pacific Women of Power; this had 50 artists working on this programme. Media representatiion and people got on board with this. People could say, they don’t like art but this wasn’t art, but when it came to gender, this was art. Paint a picture around an area of women’s lifestyles. Vasu was the last big project at USP.

The Awareness of gender is mostly apart of Ema’s practice. A Contemporary artist called Shigeyuki Kihara of Gender & Sexuality was successful in her practice. On YOUTUBE, Shigeyuki Kihara, Her father is Japanese, her mother is Samoan. People came up to her wondered who the artist was, they didn’t know she was the artist. She knew she was a Fafaafine, the moment she was born. She is an artist, behind the camera, no one is telling her what to do, people look at her of how she wants people to look at her. She is the first NZ Artist to have her own show held in New York.  She is the identity, the gender, whoever is not her isn’t what she is. Everyone is a substitute of her 🙂


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