Convergence #2 – Book Review
Paradise Camp by Yuki Kihara
Edited by Natalie King. Creative New Zealand and Thames & Hudson, 2022.
Paradise Camp by Yuki Kihara is the catalog of an exhibition presented by Aotearoa/New Zealand at the 2022 Venice Biennale, and much more. A dense artistic, scientific, and political volume, Paradise Camp by Yuki Kihara finds its coherence in its singular aesthetic, inspired by patterns painted on tapa—beaten bark cloth—as well as vintage tourist postcards. Is it a pastiche, or a documentary? A brilliant combination of both, really.