Born, and raised in New Zealand of Pacific Island heritage. Self taught in the art of photography and film. Nomadic wanderer of the world since my early 20’s in search of adventure, fame, fortune, love and ultimately the discovery of self. New York, Paris, London. Samoa and most recently Sydney Australia. Works collected in various museums around the world such as France, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Taiwan.
The theme that runs strongly through my work is cultural displacement, colonial impact on indigenous cultures particularly Pacific Islands and Religious Christian iconography’s mutation of tribal and so called primitive icons. Mostly classified as a ‘art’ photographer, am comfortable with the commercial world. Photography is a visual language often used to manipulate certain masses of people’s, cultures & identities.
Maryann Talia Pau is an artist, designer, weaver and Chief who draws from her Samoan heritage. “It all began with a love for big bold jewellery. As a teenager, the pieces I began to make for myself and the materials I was drawn to reflected a love for Pacific design and style. This in turn led to a desire to learn more about my Pacific identity. I wanted to celebrate being Samoan and share it; to normalise it as well.”
Nine APEC countries including Australia have agreed on a framework to eliminate tariffs as soon as possible. US president Barack Obama announced that the leaders of nine Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation countries have reached a broad agreement on the free-trade pact - known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - in the Hawaiian capital, Honolulu. The pact sets out to eliminate all tariffs and introduce new uniform labour and intellectual property standards across the Asia-Pacific. The leaders are aiming to finalise the deal next year. “With nearly 500 million consumers between us, there is so much more we can do together,” Mr Obama said after the meeting of TPP leaders, ahead of the official APEC summit. “Together we can boost exports and create more goods available for our consumers, create new jobs and compete and win in future markets. “I’m confident we can get this done.” The pact is a centrepiece of the Obama administration’s project of cementing America’s role in the Asia-Pacific region, which it believes could secure the country’s economic future.
I’ve been kind of in mourning during Obama’s visit. Nothing against him, but a USA President talking about Pacific power is what it is. War games much?