St Paul st Gallery AUT


Pati Solomona Tyrell: Fāgogo

8 June 2017 - 21 July 2017

Pati Solomona Tyrell, Vai Fāgogo (detail), 2016. Image courtesy of artist

Fāgogo in Sāmoan refers to fables that are told in a shared context. The receiver of a Fāgogo is vested with an expectation to share the story, making it their own and then passing it on. Pati Solomona Tyrell’s work unpacks the colonial gaze placed on queer brown bodies in an attempt to return gender and sexually diverse identities back to their oracle status. 'Fāgogo' in this project is situated as a restorative practice, developed with other artists and collaborators from the Pasifika LGBTIQ space in Aotearoa. Alongside the film Fāgogo, the exhibition includes Tyrell’s documentation of the community over five years, as principle photographer for FAFSWAG Arts Collective. Throughout the exhibition Gallery Two will operate as an open space for hosting, performance, sharing research, and discussion.

This exhibition is part of the Auckland Festival of Photography 2017.