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BIO

Tuafale Tanoa’i aka Linda.T is an artist based in Tāmaki Makau Rau/ Auckland and is of Samoan descent.

Using video, photography and DJ-ing Linda. T’s practice aims to document and share community stories, generating a living archive. Her kaupapa has been described as one that is based on koha – often made with and gifted back to the communities she is engaged with. She has also worked with various organisations from community to government lead incentives with a special interest in Pacific women’s health and youth. A Masters in Art and Design from AUT as well as an early career in local radio, TV and short film contribute to her methodology and multi media approach. Linda. T is widely recognised for her contributions to small communities in Aotearoa, New Zealand through her rigorous and uncompromising chronology as a documenter since the early 1980’s.

In addition to her solo practice Linda T. is a member of art collective D.A.N.C.E. art club alongside Vaimaila Urale, Chris Fitzgerald and Ahilapalapa Rands. Since forming D.A.N.C.E. in 2008 the members continue to utilise the club as a testing space for identifying and pushing against restrictive and exclusionary definitions of what art can be. With a collaborative curatorial approach, D.A.N.C.E. events incorporate installations, music, performance, and food sharing, reimagining the social dynamic as a creative and transgressive platform.

Recent projects include 2019 Live Hive Residency, Goa India Oct 2019-January 2020, 2019 From The Shore group exhibition Pataka Gallery. 2019 Macmillan Brown Pacific Arts Residency, Christchurch. 2018 Morni Hill Performance Artist Bienniale 2, 2018 From The Shore group exhibition at Te Uru Gallery. Every day is Mothers Day, Pingyao International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China 2016, D.A.N.C.E. art club presents NOHO 2016, All Goods Art Gallery, Auckland, 2016, NAVIGATE, Tautai 30th Anniversary exhibition, 2016 and Tea lounge with Linda.T, Te Uru Gallery, 2015;

QUALIFICATIONS

2008 – 2009                Masters of Art and Design, First Class Honours, AUT                                                                     University, Auckland, New Zealand

2004 – 2007                Bachelor of Visual Arts, AUT University, Auckland New Zealand

1984                            Outward Bound: Outdoor Pursuits Course 222A, Anakiwa

SELECTED AWARDS & SCHOLARSHIPS

2016                            Solid Screen International Artist Award presented by                                                                      CyberTribe and World Screen Culture

2012                            Creative Technologies Interdisciplinary Fellow, AUT University

2010                            Dean’s Award, Top Postgraduate Student, AUT University

2009                            Master of Art + Design (Honours First Class), AUT University

2008                            Creative New Zealand Pacific Arts Award: Emerging Artist                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tertiary Scholarship, AUT University Head of School Award in                                                         Visual Arts, AUT University

2007                            Sculpture award for Visual Arts, AUT University

SELECTED EMPLOYMENT

2009- ongoing              Freelance Videographer, Photographer and DJ,

2020                            Laneway Music Festival

2019                            Laneway & Splore music festivals

2015                            Tutor, Creative Industries YG course, Future Skills Academy

2013                             Researcher, Pacific Documentary, AUT University

2012                             Production Runner/ Documenter, Niu Seeds Production

2011                             Lecturer, AUT University

2004 – 2008                 Technician Assistant, AUT University

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020       13th Pacific Arts & Culture Festival, Hawaii with D.A.N.C.E art club                                                  (postponed until June 2021)

                From The Shore 3 : Dunedin Public Art Gallery                                                                                (postponed until March 2021)

All Goods Artist in Residence, Avondale, Auckland

2019       Live Hive Residency, Goa, India .  October – January 2020

               Spontaneous Intentionality: The Performance, @ the cheese mongers,                                           Christchurch

               Spontaneous Intentionality, The Physics Room, Christchurch

 From The Shore 2, Pataka Art + Museum, Porirua

2018:     Chandigarh Performance Residency, India

From The Shore 1, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

Storytelling as Koha: consolidating community memories, Corbans Estate Arts Centre, Auckland

2017      Plants and people, Studio One, Auckland

Whau Arts Festival, Auckland

2016      Every day is Mothers Day, Pingyao International Photography Festival, China

2015      Navigate: Tautai 30th Anniversary, Studio One, Auckland

Tea Lounge, Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery, Auckland

2013     Offstage, Artspace, Auckland

2012      Made Active, Auckland Art Gallery

2011      The Performance Arcade, Aotea Square, Auckland

2008      Architecture for the Nation, Artspace, Auckland