Faleaitu Samoa

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Description: Free Online Library: Fa'afafine; in a manner of a woman. by "Tok Blong Pasifik"; Environmental issues Ethnic, cultural, racial issues Regional focus/area studies

In old Samoa, faleaitu (house of spirits) was theatre performed by men presenting political satire in skits in front of the chiefs. The men of faleaitu were respected as entertainers and simultaneously served as social commentators to the wider community.

It is the ancient practice of faleaitu which led Shigeyuki Kihara to create her 2005 body of work entitled Fa'afafine; in a manner of a woman, a series of photographic self portraits where she disguises herself to portray a Samoan man, a woman, and a married couple. These works pay homage to Kihara's ancestors and to simultaneously subvert the dominant western heterosexual "normalcy" that continues to conflict with the existence of Fa'afafine people today.

Shigeyuki Kihara's double portrait of a married couple complicates all our expectations of human gender. Here, the artist shows herself as a man and as a woman, in the role of a married couple. The traditional wedding photograph is transformed into a visual exploration of sexuality and the nature of male to female relationships.

Photogallery Faleaitu Samoa:

Faleaitu & Aga Malie Volume 3 - Runik Polynesian Town
South Seas Faleaitu Part 2 - Runik Polynesian Town
DVDs - Runik Polynesian Town

Tama Malie - Pictures, News, Information from the web
Aoao & Tulafale Part 3 - YouTube
DVDs - Runik Polynesian Town

Lepa Lotofaga College Samoa siva part 2 - YouTube
Lumana'i 'O Samoa - PIR 2012-2013 Performance - YouTube
DVDs - Runik Polynesian Town

Products - Runik Polynesian Town
Samoa Kids Holiday - YouTube
Artadoo - Artist: Shigeyuki Kihara

Sonny Johnson from Saleufi, Samoa - YouTube
Comedians Archives - Samoan Bios
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