I traveled to Wellington with artist Tanu Gago for the opening of Mana Takatāpui: Taera Tāne curated by Reuben Friend for Deane Gallery, City Gallery Wellington. The group exhibition features Tanu’s work alongside Fear Brampton, Richard Kereopa, Dan Taulapapa McMullin and Hoteera Riri. Programmed to coincide with the Wellington Outgames, the exhibition opened in January and runs until late March.
“This work is concerned with the construction of masculine identities among young urban Pacific gay males, exploring notions of visibility, character play, performance, sexuality and gender stereotype.” – Tanu Gago
The series of four A1 size photographs was produced in South Auckland and shot by Indo-Fijian photographer, Vinesh Kumaran under the artistic direction from Tanu Gago. The series is inspired by a poem by Dan Taulapapa McMullin, which is presented alongside the work. Tanu was able to produce this work with the assistance of a grant from the Pacific Arts Committee of Creative New Zealand.
Tanu will be in Wellington on Friday 18 March for, Open City – Out in the Gallery, a special public programme event for the Wellington Outgames that features performances by Richard Kereopa, poetry by Dan Taulapapa McMullin and lots more.