Edith Amituanai

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1980
Samoan, Pasifika

Pink Bag

  • 2011
  • Digital photograph, mounted on diabond
  • Purchased 2022
  • 695 x 867mm
  • 2022/024

Hendo and Pink Bag are both from the series The End of My Driveway. These works reflect Edith Amituanai’s innovative approach to making photographs, in which she consistently acknowledges her position as the photographer. Taken from the end of the artist’s driveway, the photographs capture teens as they walk to and from school. In Hendo the three teenagers each respond differently: one keeps eyes ahead, another peeks out from behind their friend and the last student pops back a hand signal, acknowledging the photographer. Edith often spends many years building relationships with a community before taking photographs and her work offers an inside view and shares intimate moments of daily life – here the commute to and from school and the friendships that result from walking together.

(Perilous: Unheard Stories from the Collection, 6 August 2022- )