Edith Amituanai: Double Take was published in conjunction with the exhibition of the same title at Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi in 2019. The exhibition and accompanying book is a survey of artist Edith Amituanai’s practice in its entirety.
'This publication, and the exhibition it accompanies, is the first to survey Edith Amituanai’s photographic practice. In images spanning 2003 to the present, Amituanai shares her experiences of life as a first-generation New Zealand-born Sāmoan, presenting portraits of people and places from her home in Ranui, West Auckland to her homeland of Sāmoa, to the scattered sites of Pacific diaspora from Christchurch, New Zealand to Montpellier, France, and Anchorage, Alaska. These prove her empathy and engagement, confounding photography’s reputation as an organ of control and objectification. In this volume, Haruhiko Sameshima calls Amituanai a ‘village photographer’. This term aptly captures her commitment to record events and occasions as an embedded chronicler working for her community; it also encompasses the notion that her’s is a global village connected by her lens and through her ready embrace of social media. The images brought together speak to the multiple realities that exist both here and across the world that expand our presumptions about who ‘we’ in Aotearoa are and what constitutes ‘home’.
The book features a lead essay by Ane Tonga, a transcribed conversation between artist Edith Amituanai and gallerist Anna Miles, and additional essays by photographer Haruhiku Samashima, cultural anthropologist Niko Besnier, and curator and art historian Christina Barton. The publication is designed by DDMMYY, Auckland. '
Edith Amituanai was born in 1980 in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2005 she completed a Bachelor of Design (majoring in photography) at Unitec Institute of Technology, before completing a Master of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts at the University of Auckland in 2009. In 2007, Amituanai was the first recipient of the Art Foundation’s Marti Friendlander Photographic Award. The following year she was nominated for the Walters Prize at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Amituanai undertook the Taipei Artist Village Residency in 2014 and was the inaugural artist-in-residence at the Hastings City Art Gallery in 2017. She has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums across Aotearoa and internationally in Australia, Austria, Taiwan, Germany and France. Her artwork is held in national collections including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery. In 2019 Amituanai was named a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to photography and community. Amituanai is represented by Anna Miles Gallery, Auckland.
Published by Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi at Victoria University of Wellington, 2019
Texts by Christina Barton, Ane Tonga, Anna Miles, Haruhiko Sameshima, Niko Besnier. Edited by Christina Barton141 pagesPaperback, 22×28 cm
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