By Krisztina Turza.
Gender was central to this conference commencing with Yuki Kihara’s 'Paradise Camp', New Zealand’s offering at the 59th Venice Biennale. This focuses on Fa’afafine (Sāmoa’s third gender) utopia – where colonial heteronormativity is shattered to make way for an Indigenous worldview that’s inclusive and sensitive to the changes in the environment. But beneath the surface of this utopian ideal lies the real-life stories of trials, tribulations and triumphs: how the Fa’afafine community works through the colonial . . .