- Archival pigment print
- Purchased 2019
- 1199 x 1467mm
Edith Amituanai’s parents left Samoa in the 1980s to join family in Ōtautahi / Christchurch before settling in Tāmakimakaurau / Auckland. Amituanai’s documentary-based photography generates an insider’s view of contemporary Samoan society in Aotearoa New Zealand.The House of Manu and The Manu Lounge reveal the working relationships Amituanai developed with the Manu Samoa rugby team members for a series of work she was making titled Déjeuner. She said: “I can’t photograph the All Blacks the same way, because the All Blacks are, you know, a protected image. And you get about zero point five minutes with them. And I need four years with people.” The absence of the rugby player in the family home increases our understanding of his value within his family unit; his awards and prizes recognise achievements and are a substitute for his presence while away on tour.
(Te Wheke; Pathways Across Oceania, 2021)