• 08Jun

    Fāgogo | Pati Solomona Tyrell

    Pati Solomona Tyrell


    8 June – 21 June

    ST PAUL St Gallery

    Central Auckland






    Exhibition Details



    Fāgogo in Samoan 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.



    In Pati Solomona Tyrell’s practice, fāgogo is situated as a restorative practice, shared with other artists and collaborators from the Pasifika LGBTQI space in Aotearoa.  In the film that gives this exhibition its title, the research, writing, choreography, styling and garment construction is all collaborative and honours the tradition of fāgogo by sharing the responsibility of telling this story and allowing artists to respond to their own cultural heritage, unpacking the colonial gaze placed on queer brown bodies to return gender and sexually diverse identities back to their oracle status.  The exhibition will draw out threads of this conversation by presenting many of Tyrell’s other narratives, such as his extensive documentation of the community over five years as the principle photographer for the FAFSWAG Arts Collective.  Throughout the exhibition, Gallery Two will be dedicated as an open space for hosting, performance, sharing research and discussion.






    Performance Showcase
    7pm Friday 30 June



    Vogue Night
    8pm Friday 14 July



    Artists’ Talk
    11am Saturday 22 July



    All events to be held at ST PAUL St Gallery, and all are welcome.  Please check our Facebook page for full details, and additional events throughout the exhibition.  Contact for further information.



    This exhibition is presented as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. Image: Pati Solomona Tyrell, FA’AAFA, 2015. Courtesy of the artist.



    ST PAUL St Gallery

    Opens 5:30pm on Wednesday 7 June
    Hours 10-5 Tuesday-Friday, 12-4 Saturday
    Where AUT University, 40 St Paul Street


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