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Building the Community (archive): The work of Linda T, by Ioana Gordon-Smith

“For decades, Tuafale Tanoa’i — known to most as Linda T. — has been a presence in arts and activist communities across Tāmaki Makaurau. She has been to countless music gigs, exhibition openings, protest marches, plays, lectures and public programmes. For all the event’s she’s attended, Linda T.’s likely been involved, most notably as a photographer and DJ, in just as many. As a text for Artspace’s new artist show in 2008 put it, “She is the scene and she’s been gigging it for a while.”

It’s easy to confuse Linda T. the supporter with Linda T. the artist. In fact, there’s little difference between them. There’s a definite blur between social activity and making activity within her practice. This is partly because Linda T. is not only an active participant in her overlapping Māori, Pacific and LGBTQI+ communities, she’s constantly documenting their activities and stories too.”

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Tuafale Tanoa’i, aka Linda T., by Ahilapalapa Rands

“For decades, Tuafale Tanoa’i aka Linda T. is a documenter. A kaitiaki of stories and events. She captures moments for reflection, art, and importantly – to educate others. Linda T’s is a practice that sits uncomfortably within capitalism. Often working for free or exchange, T is constantly producing and redistributing her photographic and film works in the communities she is a part of, generating a live Archive. ”

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2019 MacMillan Brown Pacific Arts Residency

Tuafale Tanoa’i with Jesse Mulligan, Radio NZ: https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/audio/2018699283/bookmarks-tuafale-tanoa-i

Influences mentioned: Merata Mita, Miriam Makeba, Maya Angelou, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Ava DuVernay, Array & Ardijah. Google these wonderful creatives.