THE SOUND OF THE OCEAN AND FA’AAFA 2016

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This year FAFSWAG artist Pati Solomona and Tanu Gago present their first joint exhibition which will feature the works – The Sound Of The Ocean and Fa’aafa. This show will be presented at Pah Homestead, TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre – AV Gallery from the 26 January – 28 February as part of the 2016 Auckland PRIDE Festival.

THE SOUND OF THE OCEAN

The sound of the Ocean was first shown in January 2015 as part of the summer residency at Enjoy Public Art Gallery along with new works by Luisa Tora and Lielani Kake. The exhibition component of the residency was entitled Between Wind and Water and was curated by Ema Tavola. The residency resulted in a publication that documented the unique public programme that accompanied this exhibition and can be viewed as a PDF online. BETWEEN WIND AND WATER 2015

This work looks at the idea of Pacific visual history and reinterprets found footage from the internet to offer up a perspective on life from South Auckland. I’m always reflecting on my surroundings. These things inform who I am, this includes the digital propaganda. – Tanu Gago

Stills from the sound of the ocean 2015

FA’AAFA

Fa’aafa is a video work created site specifically for Pah Homesteads AV gallery by Samoan lens based, performance artist Pati Solomona Tyrell. This work was originally created as a live performance for a second year visual arts paper for the Bachelor of Creative Arts at the Faculty of Creative Arts M.I.T called studio practice, in which artist were asked to create new works for public space.

Since it’s first articulation in November of 2015 Fa’aafa has been reinterpreted as part of the Youth Showcase at the international LGBT Pacific Conference the Love Life Fono in December 2015. The work is described by the artist as a living performance.

As I grow in my life and in my practice the performance changes and evolves with me. Each live performance is a new re-staging from the first. This version for pah homestead is the first time it’s ever been committed to a digital context as a recorded performance. – Pati Solomona Tyrell.

Photographer : Josephine Nguyen-Stevenson Manetoa

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QUEER RESISTANCE

QUEER RESISTANCE

FAFSWAG artist Moe Laga, Pati Solomona Tyrell and Tanu Gago were part of a group exhibition entitled Queer Resistance curated by Kirsty Fong during February of 2015. The artist showcased works from previous shows including Poly Typical at Fresh Gallery Otara and new works from Between Wind and Water from Enjoy Public Art Gallery in Wellington.

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FEATURING …..

Cameron Ah Loo-Matamua, Léuli Eshraghi, Kiran Foster, Tanu Gago, Cecilia Kavara Verran, Moe Laga, Emilie Rākete, Molly Rangiwai McHale, David Roil, Sangeeta Singh, Tuafale Tanoa’i (a.k.a. Linda T.), Ron Te Kawa, Luisa Tora, Pati Solomona Tyrell, Anna Vo

QUEER RESISTANCE explores the multiplicities of our identities encircled in deeply interconnected social and political struggles through honouring our revolutionary roots of LGBTQI liberation movements in Aotearoa and around the world.

The queer liberation movement was born out of resistance against police brutality, harassment, discriminatory laws, and a myriad of other forms of targeted injustices faced predominantly by working class people of colour sexuality and gender minorities.

In celebrating the collective struggle for queer and trans* liberation, QUEER RESISTANCE seeks to intentionally re-energise dialogues in our communities to encompass all representations of genders and sexualities in decolonial, anti-capitalist, intersectional and intergenerational frameworks.

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