Thank you to the team at FreshTV for this artist profile highlighting the exhibition ‘Avanoa O Tama’ 2012 as well as ‘Jerry the Fa’afafine’ 2010.

With the exhibition now over, here are some shots of the show before it went down. Thank you to every one that manage to make the time to see the show, attend the opening night and Artist talk with Richard Orjus. The next destination for two of the works featured in the show will be the Auckland art Gallery in July of 2012. We will endeavor to keep you all posted.




Curated by Lisa Reihana, ‘Colour Renders’ is a billboard project that sees 4 indigenous artist customize an art work for a billboard space  to be displayed for a ten week period. In partnership with ‘Snow White Gallery’  works from the series ‘Avanoa O Tama’ went up as a billboard at the Auckland Unitec campus on the 8th of march 2012.

The first picture featured on the billboard is titled ‘Peter + William’ and is left of the billboard. This particular Image has been used as the promotional Image for my solo exhibition Avanoa O Tama, currently on showcase at Fresh gallery Otara in South Auckland.

The second image featured on the billboard is title ‘Mika, Will, Taka, Lupeni’. This particular work is not on display at FGO. The billboard is the only display of this work which features my younger brother and family and friends.

Here is part 1 of the instal images for this work.

Colour Renders part 2



On March the 1st 2012, Fresh Gallery Otara opened the exhibition ‘Avanoa O Tama’. Curated by Ema Tavola this show is a series of  stage photographic portraits that explore themes of Pacific masculinity, cultural identity, gender and the experiences of South Auckland living.  These are pictures of some the beautiful Pacific people who came out to show support for the exhibition. Pictures by Vinesh Kumaran.


This project was shot in 6 different locations around Manukau city. As a south Auckland resident, raised in Mangere and currently living in Papatoetoe, it has been important for this project to reflect the social and cultural environments that help to inform the identity building of young Pacific males.

These production stills are taken from a Papatoetoe location. This is my sisters garage. What you see in terms of the space has been art directed and staged to reflect the urban spaces occupied predominantly by Pacific island males. The art direction has been informed by my own personal experiences as a younger Samoan male, growing up in similar familial space.

These pics are of Cody and Joel Wilson-Heti, two brothers from Mangere who have volunteer’ed to be part of the project.



My second solo exhibition titled ‘Avanoa O Tama’ see’s the growth of a previous photographic series titled ‘Jerry The Fa’afafine’. Produced site specifically for Fresh Gallery Otara, this photographic expression of contemporary Pacific masculinity is a series of eight staged portraits that look at themes of identity, masculinity, gender and sexuality. The work also addresses notions of cultural, communal and familial spaces.

Peter + William is the promotional image for the exhibition. These are someof the production stills from the shoot earlier this year.


Fresh Gallery Otara is proud to present…


A solo exhibition by Tanu Gago

OPENING: 6-8pm, Thursday 1 March
Tanu Gago in conversation with Richard Orjis, 12-1pm, Saturday 17 March
Please note that the public programme event will start promptly at 12pm, please allow time for parking in consideration of the Otara Market congestion