b. Wellington: 1988
Lives and works in Wellington
“Christopher Ulutupu’s video/performance art practice explores ongoing themes around landscape, photography, and the construction of colonial narratives. Responding to early 1900’s landscape photography and ‘postcard’ tourism, his earlier work has looked at depictions of Pacific brown people, disseminated throughout the western world: images of Pacific people sitting under coconut trees made available for European consumption. His practice seeks to re-contextualise these stereotypes and re-imagine them through video and performance, offering new ways of exploring the effects of colonisation and diaspora.” Heather Galbraith, 2018
Christopher Ulutupu is a video artist of Samoan/Niuean/German descent currently residing in Wellington. He has an MFA from Massey University, Wellington and a Bachelor of Performance Design (Hons) from Massey University and Toi Whakaari. Recent exhibitions include: Lelia and Fitu (Seven)as part of SCAPE Public Art 2018; The Romantic Picturesqueat the Hobiennale, Hobart, Tasmania 2017, play_station gallery 2018; and Into The Arms Of My Coloniser,as part of The Tomorrow People, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington 2017.