ASIA: Art Stories in Aotearoa Profile of 18 Kiwi-Asian artists in a new documentary series

From the interdisciplinary artist Yuki Kihara (Venice Biennale 2022) to the graffiti artist
BERST (aka Dr. Bobby Hung), K-Pop choreographer Rina Chae to the new program director of the Silo Theater Ahi KarunaharanAotearoa is full of stories of Pan-Asian artists at the top of their game.

Presented by Kadambari Raghukumar (RNZ’s Voices podcast), ASIA: Art stories in Aotearoa
profiles 18 Asian New Zealand artists from fine art, music, dance, theatre, multimedia and design and explores how life in Aotearoa New Zealand informs their work and their sense of cultural identity.

By weaving together personal histories and artistic practices with different pan-Asian cultural views, the series shows how our nation’s cultural landscape is changing and how the arts can help us have broader and more inclusive conversations that build bridges of understanding instead of walls of (in)difference.

Producer Arani Cuthbert says Aotearoa’s creative sector is so much more diverse than people realize.

“It is a privilege to help share the stories of these brilliant artists and shine a light on their accomplishments. In these trying times, the arts are more important than ever and as New Zealand opens up to the world again, let’s celebrate the evolution of our cultural identity.

Presenter Kadambari Raghukumar says Asian artists are huge contributors to New Zealand’s creative industry.

“I’m such a fan of these artists and what they have to say through their art – they all stand out in their field. As an Asian woman myself, I love that this series is a window important to discover more about the work of these artists.

Produced by Diva Productions for RNZ, the six episodes of ASIA: Art Stories in Aotearoa will be released on Tuesday, April 26 rnz.co.nz/asia

, with all 18 profiles made available to view as standalone stories. Made with the support of NZ On Air.

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James C. Tibbs