Two German migrants 'go native' in and around Apia to question Samoan nationalism in a multimedia series by Yuki Kihara

Der Papālagi (The White Man) responds to German Erich Scheurmann’s 1921 book Der Papālagi. Kihara staged a social experiment in which Christian and Barbara Durst – German migrants living in Sāmoa for over 24 years – “go native” appearing dressed in full indigenous Sāmoan regalia in and around Apia. The series raises questions about Sāmoan nationalism and the politics of home and belonging, exploring ethical boundaries between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation.

Image: Yuki Kihara, Der Papālagi at the Fugalei Market (2016) From the Der Papālagi (The White Man)' series 2016, c-print, printed image 800 x 1000 mm. Courtesy of the artist and Milford Galleries Dunedin, New Zealand.

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