Leitī by Sione Tuívailala Monū

30 July - 10 October

Leitī is a series of short films by Sione Tuívailala Monū where they present a personal encounter with everyday dilemmas and social realities to explore identity, family and Pasifika queer experience in the diaspora. Featuring themself and their surroundings and often cast with their friends and family, Monu’s films slide between performative and documentary modes to recall a variety of genres, from home movies and video diaries to satires and soaps.

Monu’s short films are an extension of their video-based Instagram practice. Filmed and edited on an iPhone, their temporal distortions and montages of impressions, memories and fantasies reflect the influence and impact of social media on everyday life.


    Sione Tuívailala Monū is an artist of the Tongan diaspora. Living between Canberra and Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand, Monu works across photography, moving-image, fashion and adornment, performance and drawing. Recent exhibitions include: Te Wheke: Pathways Across Oceania, Christchurch Art Gallery, (2020); Speaking Surfaces, ST PAUL St Galleries, Auckland (2020); single bed/studio, playstation (online), Wellington (2020); Spheres: An Online Video Project, Christchurch Art Gallery (2020); More than all the oceans between us, curated by Talia Smith, Artspace, Sydney (2019); Kahoa Kakala, Fresh Gallery Otara and Objectspace, Auckland (2017-18); Statuesque Anarchy, curated by Tanu Gago, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington (2017); Social Matter, curated by Louise Afoa, Blue Oyster Art Project Space, Dunedin (2016); Beauty in the Streets, curated by Elle Loui August, Objectspace, Auckland(2016); To the lovers of the true and the beautiful, curated by Anna McMahon, twentythirtyseven, Sydney (2015).

    Friday 30 July – Sunday 10 October 2021


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