Co-director, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney and Singapore
“I have a strong memory of seeing Angela Tiatia’s Walking the Wall (2014) at the 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane. I was immediately struck by the work, and how powerfully the artist both embraced and challenged her Samoan heritage, her gender, and the inherited traditions of performance-based video work. Angela has a unique perspective as well as a rich and innovative visual sensibility.
“Her most recent video, Narcissus, reimagines the myth of as a way of exploring contemporary culture and its obsession with, and worship of, the self in the age of social media. As so often with her work, Angela incorporates myriad references, from classical and contemporary art, literature, and the internet. Here, for instance, she specifically alludes to a late 16th-century painting by Caravaggio in the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Antica in Rome.
“Narcissus attests to Angela’s strong conceptual sense but also her impressive technical and practical knowledge of the film making process. There is a groundswell around Angela right now, and it is well-deserved. Audiences, both curatorial and private, are recognising her exciting progression as an artist and they want to be a part of it.”