Angela TIATIA

Born 1973, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Lives and works in Sydney, Australia

In Heels 2014 Angela Tiatia uses her own body to confront the stereotypes placed on the Pacific female body. Wearing heels and a body suit, and revealing her Samoan familial tattoo on her upper thigh, she enacts an endurance exercise that also repeats the specific movement a dancer adopts in Siva Samoa. In Edging and seaming 2013 she juxtaposes the repeated actions of workers in a sewing factory in Guangzhou with those of her mother Lusi Tiatia undertaking similar labour in Auckland. Lusi's grandmother was a Chinese immigrant to Samoa, and Lusi herself was part of a generation of Pacific peoples who were encouraged to migrate to New Zealand in the 1950s and 60s to bolster a growing economy. Tiatia's video shows her mother completing a final order before the company she works for outsources the labour, highlighting the ramifications of globalisation for local communities.

Angela Tiatia has also worked with the QAGOMA Children's Art Centre to develop a project for APT8 Kids.

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Angela Tiatia invites children to explore ideas of representation and perception in Kids APT8

Angela Tiatia invites children to explore ideas of representation and perception in Kids APT8.

Angela Tiatia's video installation in APT8

Angela Tiatia's video installation in APT8.

Angela Tiatia, Heels (still) (from 'An Inventory of Gestures' series) 2014

Angela Tiatia, Aotearoa New Zealand/Australia b.1973 / Heels (still) (from 'An Inventory of Gestures' series) 2014 / Single-channel HD video: 16:9, 1:50 minutes (looped), colour, sound, ed.1/8 / Purchased 2015. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.

Angela Tiatia, Walking the wall (still) (from 'An Inventory of Gestures' series) 2014

Angela Tiatia, Aotearoa New Zealand/Australia b.1973 / Walking the wall (still) (from 'An Inventory of Gestures' series) 2014 / Single-channel HD video: 16:9, 13:00 minutes (looped), colour, sound ed.2/8 / Purchased 2015. Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art Foundation / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © The artist.

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