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Pacific LGBTQ activist to be resident artist at Canterbury

Tanu Gago, a leading New Zealand visual artist and political activist, has been appointed artist in residence at the University of Canterbury’s Centre for Pacific Studies in Christchurch.

Gago will give talks and seminars and organise exhibitions during his three-month residency, which starts in September. His work combines photography, videos and live performance events that challenge racial and sexual stereotypes, particularly relating to Pacific Islands men.

He is the co-founder and creative director of a Pacific LGBTQ arts collective called FAFSWAG, a member of the Creative New Zealand Arts & Advocacy advisory board, and a community engagement coordinator with the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.

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