Fijian native Luisa is a multi-disciplinary artist, an activist, and a writer. She worked in human rights in Fiji and the Pacific before moving to Aotearoa in 2009. She has a BA in Journalism and Pacific History & Politics from the University of the South Pacific and in 2014Â she completed her Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Arts) at the Faculty of Creative Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology. Her artwork can be found in private collections in Aotearoa, and the Museum of New Zealand Te
Her art practice is concerned with the queer discourse, Pacific history, and the possibilities of alternative narratives. She co-curated Fijiâ€™s first all woman contemporary art exhibition, VASU: Pacific Women of Power and co-edited its accompanying publication in 2008. In 2014 she also embarked on a collaborative poster exhibition called I stand with YouÂ with Tara Simon celebrating IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) in South Auckland. The artists invited to design a poster include Sharon Fitness, Tanu Gago, Rebecca Ann Hobbs and Thomas and Liana Fonua, Leilani Kake, Nicole Lim, Steve Lovett, Jo Mears, Richard Orjis, Molly Rangiwai-McHale, Sangeeta Singh, Luisa Tora, Pati Solomona Tyrell, and Kerrie-Anne Van Heerden.
Luisa has exhibited in a number of group exhibitions including: The Veiqia Project, ST PAUL St Gallery, 2016;Â Between wind and water, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2015;Â Wansolwara, Nathan Homestead Gallery, 2014; Poly Typical, Fresh Gallery Otara, 2014; The Drowned World, Silo Park Auckland, The Physics Room Christchurch, Enjoy Gallery, Wellington, 2014. The NZ Art Show, Wellington, 2014;Â No Fruit Without Labour, St Pittâ€™s Methodist Church, 2014; King's College Fine Art Sale, 2013 and 2014; Close to Home, ST PAUL St Gallery, 2013; Â Diasporadic679, Otahuhu, 2011; For Fiji, ever Fiji, Fresh Gallery Otara, 2009; Fiji Times, The Salon, St Kevins Arcade, 2009.