Christopher Ulutupu is an artist of Samoan/Niuean/German descent currently residing in Wellington. His research and practice is autobiographical by nature, referencing personal experiences to offer critiques about Colonisation through video and performance. Through a richly pop, queer and celebratory Pacific lens he creates new narrative forms opening up conversations around collaboration, connection, and disconnection. He had been collaborating with family, friends and non-actors since the start of his video practice, including for solo exhibitions Be Happy/Be Still (2019) and Lelia (2018) and is keen to explore collaborative practice beyond the New Zealand context.
Recent exhibitions include Gus Fisher Gallery (2021), Suter Art Gallery (2021) The Dowse Gallery (2021), Pataka Art Gallery and Museum (2021), Shanghai Duolan Museum of Modern Art (2021), A Space Gallery Toronto (2021) and Jhana Millers Gallery (2021) amongst others.
Drawing on the filmmaker’s experiences growing up in a large Samoan family in the largely Pākehā populated region of Nelson, Hidden Amongst Clouds newly imagines stories of Samoan mythology and questions the moral virtues they uphold. The work embraces a 1990’s aesthetic, harking back to supernatural fantasy television series and their embedded symbolisms, reflecting Ulutupu’s ongoing interest in themes of belonging and the importance of recontextualising and reimagining narratives of colonial stereotypes.
Christopher Ulutupu is an artist of Samoan/Niuean/German descent currently residing in Wellington. Through a richly pop, queer and celebratory Pacific lens he creates new narrative forms opening up conversations around collaboration, connection, and disconnection. The Pleasures of Unbelonging is a new commission presented by CIRCUIT with support from TAUTAI, Creative New Zealand and BFMAF. Following its world premiere screening Christopher will be in conversation with May Adadol Ingawanij, Professor of Cinematic Arts at University of Westminster.