20 Jun 2017

Samoan photographer explores gender identity

7:49 am on 20 June 2017

An emerging Samoan's photography exhibition that explores multiple strands around gender identity and mythical storytelling hopes his exhibition will get to go abroad.

Pati Solomona Tyrell's work focusses on the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Pacific communities in New Zealand.

Pati Solomona Tyrell

Pati Solomona Tyrell Photo: supplied

His first solo photo exhibition, which is part of Auckland's Festival of Photography, at St Paul Street Gallery.

Using the Samoan concept of fagogo Mr Tyrell said his work told stories about his sexuality and highlights other relationships within his family.

"Fagogo is the Samoan term for fables, and I was looking at fagogo as a way to share stories through the artwork, specifically stories about the queer Pacific community here in Aotearoa and using fagogo as a way to share a story about creating counter narratives for our community to see themselves in the future." he said.