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About the Artist: Andy Leleisi'uao

About the Artist: Andy Leleisi'uao About the Artist: Andy Leleisi‘uao In March 2010, Andy Leleisi‘uao was unable to attend the opening of Manuia, a group exhibi- tion in New York, and offered this statement to be read in his absence. It was not read out, but it symbolizes the honesty in his work: In 2004, the Asia Society and Museum exhibited Paradise Now? To some degree it was a sugar- coated affair positioning and assembling artists from the Pacific region to showcase a West ern notion of contemporary Pacific art. The artists and artworks have stood the test of time but there has Portrait of Nimbus, been no forecast of a return show for several years by Andy Leleisi‘uao. now. So, was Paradise Now? a one-off novelty 2001. Acrylic on board, exhibition, a sterilized concoction to satisfy cura- 80 cm x 100 cm. torial obligations and validate institutionalized A self-portrait referring consciousness? Manuia is not a one-off tokenism to foreboding nimbus exhibition. These works are not from savages in clouds. grass skirts to appease savages in red, white and blue clothes. They simply reflect a world within our world. Leleisi‘uao’s early work reflected the realities of Samoans in New Zea- land, through his own http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

About the Artist: Andy Leleisi'uao

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 24 (1) – Feb 12, 2012

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Abstract

About the Artist: Andy Leleisi‘uao In March 2010, Andy Leleisi‘uao was unable to attend the opening of Manuia, a group exhibi- tion in New York, and offered this statement to be read in his absence. It was not read out, but it symbolizes the honesty in his work: In 2004, the Asia Society and Museum exhibited Paradise Now? To some degree it was a sugar- coated affair positioning and assembling artists from the Pacific region to showcase a West ern notion of contemporary Pacific art. The artists and artworks have stood the test of time but there has Portrait of Nimbus, been no forecast of a return show for several years by Andy Leleisi‘uao. now. So, was Paradise Now? a one-off novelty 2001. Acrylic on board, exhibition, a sterilized concoction to satisfy cura- 80 cm x 100 cm. torial obligations and validate institutionalized A self-portrait referring consciousness? Manuia is not a one-off tokenism to foreboding nimbus exhibition. These works are not from savages in clouds. grass skirts to appease savages in red, white and blue clothes. They simply reflect a world within our world. Leleisi‘uao’s early work reflected the realities of Samoans in New Zea- land, through his own

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Published: Feb 12, 2012

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