What becomes of the “colonial” body in post-colonial art?
European colonial imagery often emphasized the exoticism and sexuality of indigenous women. Many of the stereotypes these kinds of images created and reinforced for their European audiences have persisted even until today. Gauguin’s painting exemplifies the European fantasy of the beautiful, eroticized, yet innocent, Pacific Island woman. Kihara’s photograph is similar visually to Gauguin’s image, but ultimately works to complicate and subvert its message.