Decolonizing the mind: photographer Greg Semu's installation at APT7

Decolonizing the mind: photographer Greg Semu's installation at APT7

Decolonizing the mind: photographer Greg Semu's installation at APT7

Updated 14 December 2012, 16:01 AEST

Greg Semu's images  re-enact the past to create different readings of history and the impact of colonisation on Pacific people.

Everybody knows Da Vinci's "The Last Supper"." It's an image that is steeped into our psyche " says Greg Semu as we discuss his photographic installation, at the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane.  

The Auckland-born photographer of Samoan heritage is presenting a snapshot retrospective of his collaborations in Taiwan, New Zealand and New Caledonia over the last five years 

One of his images  "Last Cannibal Supper" re-interprets that  iconic classical painting with Kanak actors.  The very theatrical image celebrates cultural identity while  exploring  the impact of  colonisation on New Caledonia's indigenous people.

It also includes  images  from the Battle of the Noble Savage series, created in 2007,  which references colonisation by European forces, drawing from classical French battle paintings... "It is meant to be provocative", says Semu, "and it's about creating dialogue and conversation".

 

 

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