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Léuli Eshrãghi

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
2015 Merri Yaluk, Gaffa Gallery (Oct), ‘O lā ‘āitu lāitiiti, We have always been here, Auckland Pride Festival, Studio One Toi Tū. 2014 Tagiauē, neospace. 2012 potu aiga, Conduit Arts Initiative.

Group exhibitions
2020 Biennale of Sydney (AU). 2019 Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah (AE). 2018 The Commute, The IMA Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (AU). 2015 Narrative of Location, Seventh Gallery; Gaffa Gallery. Resonance, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, FCAC Roslyn Smorgon Gallery. Pacific Photobooks Project, CPAF, FCAC Container Space. Queer Resistance, RM Gallery. 2014 ‘O lā āitu lāitiiti, Rubicon. Small Works, Firestation Print Studio. 2013 Meleponi Pasifika, CPAF, FCAC Roslyn Smorgon Gallery. Dandy Boy, Blak Dot Gallery.

Curatorial projects
2015 Coconut Water, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery. 2014 Total Eclipse, Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Ownership Project. Horn of Plenty, Craft Cubed Festival, The Ownership Project. Of Water and Will, The Ownership Project. Harvest, The Ownership Project.

Photo: Rhett Hammerton