Savage in the Garden showcases a collection of visual poems dedicated to the contemporary notions of Pacific masculinity. Samoan-born Auckland artist Tanu Gago will bring several audio visual works to life at Viaduct Harbour in partnership with Auckland Council for Artweek 2020. The immersive moving image projects including pieces titled Apparatus and Savage in the Garden will be screening at the waterfront precinct from Saturday 10 to Sunday 18 October, addressing expressions of cultural, gender and sexual identity. Drawing on a skillset refined by a formal education in film-making, writing and directing, Gago uses the screen to challenge the mainstream exploitation of pacific bodies and lack of representation within the media beyond this superficial physicality.
“The power of the colonial gaze continues to deprive everyday indigenous people by sovereign representations of their own bodies and life experiences”, comments Gago.
Created by contemporary artist Tanu Gago and an official selection for the Rotterdam International Film Festival 2020, ‘Apparatus’, commissioned by Te Uru — Waitakere Centre of Contemporary Arts — will screen alongside ‘Savage in the Garden’ — commissioned by CIRCUIT Aotearoa in 2019. Both moving image works are presented as large scale screenings open to the public.
Presented by Viaduct Harbour in partnership with Auckland Council
Part of Artweek in the city centre.