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Mon 10 May 2010, 5:00pm–7:30pm
Tue 11 May 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Wed 12 May 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 13 May 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 14 May 2010, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 15 May 2010, 10:00am–3:00pm

Where: Thistle Hall, 293 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

The Thistle Hall gallery is pleased to present the first public exhibition since 2001 in Wellington for Samoan New Zealand artist Andy Leleisi’uao, 10 - 15 May 2010.

Andy Leleisi'uao was grew up in Mangere, South Auckland. Andy's work is reflective of his experience as a New Zealand-born Samoan. In the late 1990s, Andy was awarded residencies at the Casula Powerhouse in Sydney and MacMillian Brown Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Canterbury. During these residencies Andy further developed works critiquing social, cultural, and political stereotypes and realities of Samoans in New Zealand from a New Zealand-born Samoan perspective.

His unique iconography included such symbols as sockets that have been imprinted on the foreheads of struggling Samoan factory worker migrants in his Mangere community. His works have condemned abuse within the Samoan community as well as hypocrisy by church leaders. However, there is also a playful and hopeful side to his work which can be seen in through his Ufological paintings, a series of fantasy villages on a island where villagers ride moa and climb over hearts while spaceships import megalithic moai from Rapanui.

Whether he is confronting the issues of Samoan diaspora or narratives of human and family relationships, "Andy's prescient talent for seeing who we are, what we are like and what we do is a signature of his art." (Ron Brownson 2009)

Andy was awarded a scholarship to attend AUT and received a Master of Fine Arts with honours in 2002. He has exhibited throughout in New Zealand and has been involved in solo and group exhibitions in Australia, Rarotonga, Germany, Taiwan, and the USA. His work is included in the permanent collections of Pataka Museum and Art Gallery, Te Papa Tongarewa, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, the Chartwell Collection, and the Wallace Arts Trust collection.

Meet with Andy at the exhibition opening - Monday 10th May from 5-7pm.

Andy Leleisi’uao is represented by Whitespace.

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