Photo Series by Pati Solomona Tyrell


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Aitu FAFSWAG photo series is an activation of our spirits and a manifestation of our individual personalities; adopting the narrative that Pacific queer people, Fa’afafine, Fakaleiti, Akavaine were once revered culturally as oracles and persons of status. The series is about reclaiming that mana in a modern context through visual language that derives from my own practice and world view.


Pati Solomona Tyrell

Pati Solomona Tyrell is an interdisciplinary visual artist with a strong focus on performance. Utilizing lens-based media he creates visual outcomes that are centered around ideas of urban Pacific queer identity. He has shown work at Fresh Gallery Otara, PAH Homestead and most recently at the Pingyao International Photography Festival. Tyrell is a co-founder of the arts collective FAFSWAG. Currently he is a third year student enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology, Otara. Pati is originally from Kirikiriroa, Waikato but is now based in Maungarei, Tāmaki Makaurau.

If you're interested in seeing what Pati and FAFSWAG are doing in the community, you can check them out HERE or head over to!