Samoan and Australian, born in 1973 in Auckland, New Zealand. Lives and works in Sydney.
Angela Tiatia explores contemporary culture, drawing attention to its relationship to representation, gender, neo-colonialism and the commodification of the body and place, often through the lenses of history and popular culture.
Tiatia has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. Her major solo exhibitions include Narcissus, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2019); The Fall, Margaret Lawrence Gallery, Melbourne (2019); Tuvalu, The Australian Museum, Sydney (2019); Walking the Wall, GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide (2017): Soft Power, Alaska Projects, Sydney (2016); Survey / Fā’aliga, Māngere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku, Auckland (2016).
Important institutional group exhibitions, include National Gallery of Victoria Triennal, VIC (2020); Archi-Plus, Art Gallery of New South Wales (2020); Southern Transmissions: Contemporary Video Art From Oceania, Duolun Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai (2020); Paul Gauguin, Why are you angry?, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Copenhagen, Denmark (2020); After Us The Deluge, Kunst Haus Wien, Museum Hundertwasser, Vienna, Austria (2020); From all points of the southern sky: photography from Australia and Oceania, Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College, Florida (2020); Refracted Reality, Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, Australia (2020). WATER, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2019/2020); Intercambio, Cuba Biennial, Havana (2019), Tūrangawaewae: Art and New Zealand, Toi Art, Gallery of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand (2018/2020); After the Fall, National Museum of Singapore (2017); Countercurrents, Samstag Museum of Art, Adelaide (2017); Personal Structures, a collateral exhibition of the 57th Venice Biennial (2017); Under the Sun, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney (2017) and the Eighth Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT8), Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane (2015/16).
Angela Tiatia’s work is held in numerous public collections including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane; Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; Australian War Memorial Museum, Canberra; and the Australian Museum, Sydney. She was awarded the prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellow (2019); Creative New Zealand Contemporary Pacific Artist Award (2018) and Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize (2018). Tiatia has been a finalist in numerous prestigious awards, including the Edinburgh Short Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, Archibald Prize and Sir John Sulman Prize, and the John Fries Art Award.