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Tatau: Sāmoan Tattooing and Photography


Sun 15 Dec 2019, 10:00am–6:00pm
Mon 16 Dec 2019, 10:00am–6:00pm
Tue 17 Dec 2019, 10:00am–6:00pm
Wed 18 Dec 2019, 10:00am–6:00pm
Thu 19 Dec 2019, 10:00am–6:00pm

Where: Te Papa, 55 Cable St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: tepapaevents

Tatau: Sāmoan Tattooing and Photography presents the work of four photographers who have documented Sāmoan tattooing over the past 40 years in New Zealand, Sāmoa, the United States, and Europe.

From intimate domestic scenes in suburban garages to street photography, and in relation to themes of religious iconography and female sexuality, the exhibition presents diverse perspectives on tatau. In addition to over 50 photographs, the exhibition includes a small selection of indigenous Sāmoan tattooing tools, and you’ll also hear about tatau’s significance from those who wear these sacred markings.

This exhibition follows the multi-award-winning 2018 book Tatau: A History of Sāmoan Tattooing published by Te Papa Press, and co-authored by Te Papa’s Sean Mallon and French anthropologist Sebastien Galliot.

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