Angela Tiatia is Sāmoan and Australian, born in 1973 in Auckland, New Zealand. Lives and works in Sydney. Tiatia explores contemporary culture through performance, video and photography, drawing out the relationships between representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of body and place. Often through the lenses of history, popular and material culture, the artist moves deftly in her compositions of still and moving image from pointed detail to satellite view addressing themes relating to the mechanisms of power and how these impact the individual, community and nations at large.
Tiatia was recently awarded several prestigious public commissions including The Dark Current Ian Potter Moving Image Commission, Australian Centre for Moving Image (upcoming September 2023); Illuminate, Art Gallery of South Australia Commission, Australia (2023); Murmurations collaboration with Tony Albert, Hyde Park Barracks Commission, Museum of History, NSW, Australia (2023); The Pearl, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2021) and The Golden Hour, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2020).
Her work is held in numerous national and international public collections including Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Australian Museum, Sydney; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Australian War Memorial Museum, Canberra and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Western Australia.
Tiatia has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Upcoming group exhibitions include Rising Tide: Art and Environment in Oceania, National Museum Scotland (August 2023); Always Song in the Water, New Zealand Maritime Museum, Auckland (August 2023); Meltwater, Fogo Island Arts, Canada (August 2023). Important recent institutional group exhibitions, include Matisse Alive, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2021-2022); National Gallery of Victoria Triennial, VIC (2020); Archi-Plus, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2020); Southern Transmissions: Contemporary Video Art From Oceania, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2020); Paul Gauguin, Why are you angry?, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Copenhagen, Denmark (2020); After Us The Deluge, Kunst Haus Wien, Museum Hundertwasser, Vienna, Austria (2020); From all points of the southern sky: photography from Australia and Oceania, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Florida (2020); Refracted Reality, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia (2020). WATER, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2019/2020); Intercambio, Cuba Biennial, Havana (2019), Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand, Toi Art, Gallery of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand (2018/2020); After the Fall, National Museum of Singapore (2017).
Her recent solo exhibitions include Narcissus, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2019); The Fall, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne (2019); Tuvalu, The Australian Museum, Sydney (2019); Walking the Wall, GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide (2017): Soft Power, Alaska Projects, Sydney (2016); Survey / Fā’aliga, Māngere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Auckland (2016).