Missionary Positions: An Illustrated Story of American Samoa

8 – 30 August 2008
Fresh Gallery Otara | Manukau City | Aotearoa New Zealand

A solo exhibition by Dan Taulapapa McMullin

Fresh Gallery Otara presents an exhibition of Pacific Art from the USA

Well-known for profiling local Manukau artists and grass-roots collaborative projects, Fresh Gallery Otara will have a special international Pacific art exhibition on show from 8 August 2008.

The exhibition, Missionary Positions: An Illustrated Story of American Samoa, is by California-based Samoan painter, writer and film-maker, Dan Taulapapa McMullin.

Photo by Naomi Singer

McMullin’s work is known for being strongly narrative and historically informed, with his paintings linking in closely to his writing and film-making practices.

The concepts in his artwork draw on Samoan cultural tradition, history and the impacts of colonisation and fa’afafine (transgender) experiences. His painting style is beautiful and whimsical, often depicting dreamscapes or moments of human thoughtfulness.

Filipe Tohi, Fono McCarthy, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, John Ioane & Richard Shortland-Cooper

Shigeyuki Kihara & Nathan Suniula (Photo by Naomi Singer)

Melissa & Phin (Photo by Naomi Singer)

McMullin will be participating in the 10th Festival of Pacific Arts in Pago Pago, American Samoa before coming to Auckland to hold his solo exhibition at Fresh Gallery Otara.
The exhibition will open on Thursday 7 August 2008 from 6-8pm and will run until 30 August 2008.