Tatau: Marks of Polynesia




Immigration Museum
400 Flinders Street
Melbourne, Victoria, 3000
What's On

Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Marks

Through photographs taken in the studio and on location in Samoa, curator Takahiro Kitamura (Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles) showcases the work of traditional tatau (tattoo) masters alongside that of younger practitioners and artists who are adopting tatau's motifs and styles for new media and art forms.

The exhibition explores the beauty of tatau as well as the deep significances of the art form, practised for thousands of years. It honours the work of the famous Sulu'ape family and other practitioners nurturing tatau as cultural connection and affirmation of identity in Samoa and through the diaspora.

The travelling version of Tatau: Marks of Polynesia is organised by the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, California, toured internationally by Flying Fish and is supported, in part, by Mariko Gordon and Hugh Cosman.