Mark Adams

22.11.2000. 'Authentic Tribal Arts', Spiegelgracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. M.T.. Tufuga ta Tatau, Su'a Sulu'ape Paulo II.

22.11.2000. 'Authentic Tribal Arts', Spiegelgracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. M.T.. Tufuga ta Tatau, Su'a Sulu'ape Paulo II. by Mark Adams
22.11.2000. 'Authentic Tribal Arts', Spiegelgracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. M.T.. Tufuga ta Tatau, Su'a Sulu'ape Paulo II. by Mark Adams

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Dutch tattooist and dealer in ‘tribal arts’ strips down to reveal his full-body pe’a (Samoan tattoo), role-playing the primitive subject. The subject was photographed in fantastic detail using a large format camera in his gallery in Amsterdam.

This diptych is part of a series by Mark Adams which traced the work of Su’a Sulu’ape Paulo II and other Samoan tattooists, from 1978 to 2005. Begun as an exercise in revealing their art form in context within the suburbs of Auckland, Adams followed the movement of Sulu’ape Paulo’s work as it travelled globally.

Title
22.11.2000. 'Authentic Tribal Arts', Spiegelgracht, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. M.T.. Tufuga ta Tatau, Su'a Sulu'ape Paulo II.
Artist/creator
Production date
2000
Medium
C-type print
Dimensions
1200 x 1500 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/4/4.1-2
Copyright
Copying restrictions apply
Department
New Zealand Art
Display status
Not on display

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