Sāmoan Interdisciplinary Artist
Postcards Unlocked #10
In response to the current situation we find ourselves in during the global Covid-19 pandemic, I would like to share my selected performative photographs from ‘Where do we come from? What are we? Where are we going?‘ (2013) series shot on location in Upolu Island, Sāmoa; and ‘Te taenga mai o Salome’ [The Arrival of Salome] (2017) series shot on location in Tai Ahuriri (Hawke’s Bay), Aotearoa New Zealand.
Both series feature myself dressed in the guise of a fictitious lone figure named ‘Salome’ – a Sāmoan woman resurrected from the 19th century who appears in various places which hold significance for Sāmoans, while contemplating the future of post-Independence Sāmoa. After coming off the back of the recent measles epidemic, Sāmoa currently does not have a confirmed case of Covid-19 yet.