Telly Tuita: Tongpop’s Great Expectations

This is the first solo exhibition staged by performative artist Telly Tuita. Born in Tonga, raised in Western Sydney and now living in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Tuita describes his artistic practice as “Tongpop,” a conglomeration of mixed media painting, installation, and multi-channel video that captures Tuita’s culturally diverse upbringing.

Tuita encourages visitors to recognise their own lives in his story through different stages – in his words, “dawn, day and dusk” – especially the conflict between great expectations of ourselves and the expectations of our contemporary global and technological reality.

Telly Tuita, Tevolo Norma II, 2023, UV ink on opal acrylic, printed by Sandy Barnard, 180 × 120cm. Installation view of Telly Tuita: Tongpop’s Great Expectations, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney, 2024. Commissioned by Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney. Photograph: Jodie Barker. Courtesy the artist and Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney

Campbelltown Arts Centre
3 January to 28 March 2024

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