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Léuli Eshrāghi

POSTPONED: To Share in Learning from the Great Ocean
19–21 July 2021

Léuli-Eshrāghi, Study for AOAULI
Study for AOAULI, 2020. Photo: Stuart Miller

Course format

Online only

Teaching language
English (French and Tok Pisin [Papua New Guinea creole] also available)

Maximum number of participants

Participation fee
€ 210,– (€ 170,–)

Postponed to 2022.
In this course, students chart a journey through current performance and moving-image works together with poetry by artists belonging to the Great Ocean, a third of this planet. Seeking to create our non-colonial gestures to enact healing, rebalance and repair, students analyse and learn from the best practices of artists, writers and curators not usually studied in Northern Atlantic contexts. In placing personal research-creation in constellation with archipelagos of thought and community seemingly far from Europe, we decentre preconceived notions of knowledge and action arising from the Enlightenment to embrace the multitudinous vocality and the epistemology of the Majority World.

Léuli Eshrāghi (Sāmoan, Persian, Cantonese) is a visual artist, writer, curator and researcher, who works between Australia and Canada. Ia/He intervenes in display territories to centre indigenous kin constellations, sensual and spoken languages, and ceremonial-political practices. Through performance, moving image, writing and installation, ia/he engages with indigenous futurities as haunted by ongoing militourist and missionary violences that once erased faʻafafine-faʻatama people from kinship and knowledge structures.

Eshrāghi has lectured at gatherings Creative Time, Hawaiʻi Contemporary Art Summit, HI (US), Experimenter Curators’ Hub (IN), March Meeting (AE), Dhaka Art Summit, Pacific Arts Association, and Asia Pacific Triennial, as well as at universities in San Juan, Melbourne, Yogyakarta, Montreal, Honolulu, Auckland and Victoria. Ia/He contributes to growing international critical practice across the Great Ocean and North America through residencies, exhibitions, publications, teaching and rights advocacy.

Solo exhibitions
2021 La fin est toujours le début d’autre chose | The end is where we start from, Quand la nature ressent / Sensing Nature: Momenta Biennale de l’image, Diagonale, Montréal (CA). 2019 tagatanu‘u, Watch This Space, Alice Springs (AU). 2015 Merri Yaluk, Gaffa Gallery, Sydney (AU). ‘O lā ‘āitu lāitiiti, We have always been here, Auckland Pride Festival, Studio One Toi Tū, (AU). 2014 Tagiauē, neospace, Collingwood (AU). 2012 potu aiga, Conduit Arts Initiative, Fitzroy (AU).

Group exhibitions
2022 Au fil des îles, archipels, Centre d’exposition de l’Université de Montréal, Montréal. Embodied Knowledge: Queensland Contemporary Art, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (CA). 4+3=1: THERE ARE STORIES TO BE FORGED FOR COMMON DENOMINATORS TO COME FORTH AND SOCIAL BALANCE TO BE RESTORED, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin. A Clearing in the Forest, Tate Modern, London. Trilogie de cendre, FRAC Pays de la Loire, Nantes (FR). A Tangled Bank, Penrith Regional Gallery, Penrith (GB). 2021 Deadly Decade, Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne (AU). Projections: Léuli Eshrāghi and Jessica Karuhanga, Queer City Cinema / Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina (CA). TAEAO, commission,, online. Tender gestures, loud voices, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Melbourne. FIELD NOTES, Sauerbier House, Noarlunga (AU). 2020 The body as collective desire | Le corps comme désir collectif, 52 Actions, Artspace Sydney/online. Potu faitautusi: o gagana e, ia uluulumamau! Be Courageous, Language Teachers! Reading Room, Columbus Printed Arts Center, Columbus, OH (US). Un/spoken screening program, Gallery 1C03, Plug In ICA, Video Pool Media Arts Centre + VUCAVU, Winnipeg/online (CA). AOAULI, ACCA Open commission, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne/online. Fluidity, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne/online. TAFA (((O))) ATA, MUMA ONLINE commission, Monash University Museum of Art, online. NIRIN: 22nd Biennale of Sydney, various venues, Sydney/online. Te Whāinga: A Culture Lab on Civility, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center and Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Silo Park, Auckland (AU). 2019 Waterways: Asian Indigenous Relations in Contemporary Art curated by Ethnocultural Art Histories Research Group and Indigenous Art Research Group, Concordia University, Montréal. For Whom Masculinities Matter, Never Apart, Montréal. Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber – Journey Beyond the Arrow, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah (UAE). Seeing Voices, NETS + Monash University Museum of Art, regional tour to Bathurst Regional Gallery, Bathurst (AU). 2018 The Commute, The IMA Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (AU). 2015 Narrative of Location, Seventh Gallery; Gaffa Gallery, Sydney.

Curatorial projects
2023 9th TarraWarra Biennial of Australian Art: Ua usiusi faʻavaʻasavili, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville (AU). 2021Pasapkedjinawong with John G Hampton, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina (CA). Sāmoan Hxstories, Screens and Intimacies II, imagineNATIVE + A Space Gallery, Toronto (CA). 2020 Écrans autochtones: temporalité et mouvement with Mylène Guay, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Toronto. ʻO le ūa na fua mai Manuʻa, University of New South Wales Galleries, Sydney. 2019 Transits & Returns with Freja Carmichael, Lana Lopesi, Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Tarah Hogue, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver (CA). Layover with Freja Carmichael, Lana Lopesi, Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Tarah Hogue, Artspace Aotearoa, Auckland (AU). 2018 The Commute with Freja Carmichael, Lana Lopesi, Sarah Biscarra Dilley, Tarah Hogue, Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (AU). 2017 Pōuliuli (Faitautusi ma Fāʻaliga), Yirramboi First Nations Arts Festival, West Space, Melbourne, and Ala Moana Center, Honolulu, HI (US). 2016 Ua numi le fau, Next Wave Festival, Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne.
Photo: Rhett Hammerton