Greg SEMU
 

ARTIST CV

Greg SEMU
Born and raised in New Zealand of Samoan heritage.
Currently based in Sydney, living and working out of Australia.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017

BLOODRED, Cairns Art Gallery, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Commissioned new works, multimedia installation supported by Australian Council for the Arts, Queensland Government, Australian Government, Cairns Art Gallery & Alcaston Gallery

2016

Collection + : Greg SEMU, SCAF / Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Survey show + new work After Hans Holbein the Younger / Dead body of Christ in the tomb

Raft of the Tagata Pasifika (people of the pacific), NGV / National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
New work, light box installation supported by Creative New Zealand and the Wallace Arts Trust

"12", Cairns Art Gallery, Cairns, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Survey show of 12 photographs

2015

Two Bodies, two landscapes - Zwei Körper, Zwei Landschaften, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, GERMANY
New work, multimedia installation. Supported by Creative New Zealand

2014

Battle of the Noble Savage, Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND

2013

The Last Cannibal Supper, because tomorrow we become Christians, Satellite Gallery, Vancouver, CANADA
Supported by Creative New Zealand

2012

Better to Give, The Greg Semu Archive, Auckland Art Gallery / Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

The Last Cannibal Supper, galerie METROPOLIS, Paris, FRANCE

2011

The Battle of the Noble Savage, City Gallery, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND

2010

The Last Cannibal Supper, because tomorrow we become Christians, Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Noumea, NEW CALEDONIA
Commissioned new work + survey show. Multimedia installation

2009

Strictly Samoan / Aussie Aiga, Penrith Regional Gallery + The Lewers Bequest, Penrith, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Commissioned new work. Gifted by the Artist.

2001

Antipodes, Maison du Livre, de l’Image et du Son / MLIS. Villerbanne, FRANCE
New works

1995

O le Tatau Samoa / The Tattoo Art of Samoa, Auckland Art Gallery - Toi o Tamaki,Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
New work. First Samoan photographer to be acquisition + exhibited into collections.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

Weapons for the Soldier, Hazlehurst Arts Centre, Sutherland Shire, NSW, AUSTRALIA
New work: 3 Brothers, 3 bodies, 3 landscapes

Oceania Rising, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre / CPAC, Liverpool, NSW, AUSTRALIA

65th Blake Prize 2018, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centra / CPAC, Liverpool, NSW, AUSTRALIA
New work: Dead body of Christ in Two Parts, Diptych

2017

The Return, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Bondi Beach, NSW, AUSTRALIA

Middle of Now / Here, The inaugural Honolulu Biennale 2017, Honolulu, HAWAII


2016

Provenance Does Matter : Living with Contemporary Art, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, VIC, AUSTRALIA

DENFAIR 2016, Melbourne Convention Centre, Melbourne, VIC, AUSTRALIA

PASSION / Fan Behaviour and Art, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, GERMANY
Traveling exhibition: Germany + Europe. Commissioned new work: Black Bird Rising

2015

Personal Structures / Crossing Borders, Palazzo Bembo, Venice, ITALY
view catalogue

Sydney Contemporary 2015, Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Represented by Alcaston Gallery.

Niu Warrior, Griffith Regional Gallery, Griffith, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Body on the Line


2014

Origins, Memories + Parodies, 5th DAEGU Photo Biennale, Daegu Culture + Arts Centre, Daegu, SOUTH KOREA

Stitching the Sea, Blacktown Arts Centre, Blacktown, NSW, AUSTRALIA
New work

Melbourne Art Fair 2014 / MAF, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne, VIC, AUSTRALIA
Represented by Alcaston Gallery

2013

Headcount, Enjoy Public Art Gallery, Wellington, Aotearoa / NEW ZEALAND 62nd Blake Prize 2013, College of Fine Arts / COFA, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
New work: 3 heads of John the Baptist, multimedia video installation

Sydney Contemporary 2013, Carriageworks, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Represented by Alcaston Gallery

Paradise Lost? Contemporary Art from the Pacific, UBC Museum of Anthropology multiple venues, Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA

Body on the Line + Mana Pasifika, Logan Art Gallery, Logan City, QLD, AUSTRALIA


2012

7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art / APT 7, Queensland Art Gallery - Gallery of Modern Art / QAGGOMA, Brisbane, QLD, AUSTRALIA
Commissioned new work

Home AKL , Auckland Art Gallery / Toi o Tmkai, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Commissioned new works: Auto Portrait with Pe’a Sentinel Road, Herne Bay, Triptych

Variable Truth, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA

2011

Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation / Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum, SINGAPORE
The Last Cannibal Supper, galerie METROPOLIS, Paris, FRANCE

Unnerved, The New Zealand Project, National Gallery of Victoria / NGV, Melbourne, VIC, AUSTRALIA
Touring exhibition


2010

Unnerved, The New Zealand Project, Queensland Art Gallery - Gallery of Modern Art / QAGGOMA, Brisbane, QLD, AUSTRALIA

Body Pacifica, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Liverpool, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Commissioned new work: Body on the Line


2009

The Great Journey : In Pursuit of the Ancestral Realm, KMFA / Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts. Kaohsiung, TAIWAN


2007

La Mêlée des Cultures / The Scrum of Cultures, Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, FRANCE
Commissioned new work: The Battle of the Noble Savage

2005

Smoke and Mirrors, Queensland Art Gallery - Gallery of Modern Art / QAGGOMA, Brisbane, QLD, AUSTRALIA

L’Art Urbain du Pacifique / Urban Art from the Pacific, Chateau de Saint Auvent, Saint-Auvent, FRANCE

DRAFT, Gallerie Agnes B, Paris, FRANCE
Artist diary, drawings + sketches



2004

Ka kino to pounamu he pounamu onamata, Auckland Art Gallery - Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

2002

Oeil pour oeil / Eye for eye, Centre d’Art de la Ville de Lyon, Lyon, FRANCE
New work: Collection Priveé



2000

Paris PHOTO 2000 - Salon Internationale pour Photographie , Carrousel du Louvre. Paris, FRANCE

5th Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon - Partage d’exotisme, Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon, FRANCE
New work: Body of Christ in 12 Parts. Gifted by the Artist. With support from Creative New Zealand


1999

TATAU : Polynesian Tattoo, Völkerkunde Museum of Ethnology. Köln GERMANY
O’le Tatau Samoa - Tattoo Art of Samoa / acquisition



1998

Inei / Konei : The Pacific in Photo Art from Aotearoa, The John Curtin Gallery,Perth. WA, AUSTRALIA

1997

Inei / Konei : The Pacific in Photo Art from Aotearoa, Australian Centre for Photography,Sydney. NSW, AUSTRALIA

Re-Resurrection of Art Space, Artspace. Auckland, NEW ZEALAND Commissioned new work: Re-Resurrection poster.



1994

Bottled Ocean, City Gallery. Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
Commissioned new work: Uprising, mixed technique photo sculpture.

 
 

RESIDENCIES

2016-17

Waverly Artist Studios, Bondi, NSW, AUSTRALIA

2014-15

Creative New Zealand Visual Arts Residency at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, GERMANY

2011

Elcho Island Arts Centre, Elcho Island Galiwinku, NT, AUSTRALIA

2010

Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre - Agency for the Development of Kanak Culture / ADCK, Nouméa, NEW CALEDONIA

2010

Campbelltown Arts Centre, Campbelltown, NSW, AUSTRALIA

2009

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaohsiung City, TAIWAN

2008

Unitec / Institute of Technology, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

2007

Musée du Quay Branly, Paris, FRANCE
La premier artist en residence / first artist in residence

About the Residency

View Works

 

SELECTED COMMISSIONS

2017

BLOODRED Exhbition, Cairns Art Gallery, Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Community arts project. Solo

2016

After Hans Holbein the Younger, Dead Body of Christ, Collection +: Greg SEMU, SCAF-Sherman Contemporary Arts Foundation, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Solo

2012

Self portrait with Pe’a, Sentinel Road - Herne Bay, Home AKL Exhibition, Auckland Art Gallery - Toi o Tamaki. Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Group exhibition

2010

The Last Cannibal Supper, because tomorrow we become Christians, Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre - ADCK. Noumea, NEW CALEDONIA
Community arts project. Solo

Body on the Line, Body Pacifica Exhibition, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre + NRL. Liverpool. NSW, AUSTRALIA
Group exhibition

2009

Sacrifice for Glory, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts. Kaohsiung, TAIWAN
Community arts project

2008

Aussie Aiga, Strictly Samoan exhibition, Penrith Regional Gallery + Lewers Bequest. Penrith. NSW, AUSTRALIA
Community arts project

2007

Battle of the Noble Savage, The Scrum of Cultures / La Mêlée des cultures, Musée du Quai Branly / Jacques Chirac. Paris, FRANCE
Rugby World 2007. Artist response

2000

Body of Christ in 12 Parts : II, Paris Photo 2000, Salon International de la Photographie. Carousel du Louvre. Paris, FRANCE

1998

Picturing Samoa : Photographs by Thomas Andrew, Inaugural Opening (group),Museum of New Zealand / Tepapa Tongarewa. Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
Collaborative artist response with museum collections. Community arts project

1997

Re-resurrection, Inaugural Opening, Artspace. Auckland, NEW ZEALAND
Group exhibition

1994

Uprising, Bottled Ocean Exhibition, City Gallery. Wellington, NEW ZEALAND
Group exhibition

 

AWARDS

2018

Finalist / 65th BLAKE Prize 2018. CPAC / Casula Powerhouse Arts,Centre Liverpool City NSW. AUSTRALIA
Dead body of Christ in Two Parts, Diptych. Parts 1 + 2

2013

Finalist / 62nd BLAKE Prize 2013. Sydney College of Fine Art NSW
Head of John the Baptist, video mixed technique installation

2013

Winner / “People’s Choice” award, 62nd BLAKE Prize 2013. Sydney College of Fine Art - COFA. Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Head of John the Baptist, video mixed technique installation

2011

Finalist / Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation Signature Art Prize 2011. Singapore Art Museum, SINGAPORE
The Last Cannibal Supper, because tomorrow we become Christians, light box photo installation

 

COLLECTIONS

AUSTRALIA

Artbank
Bendigo Art Gallery Collection
Collaboration with designer Grace Lillian and performing artist Hans
Cairns Regional Art Gallery
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
RMIT/Melbourne
Queensland Art Gallery & Gallery of Modern Art

FRANCE

Musée du Quai Branly
Musée d‘arts Contemporain, Lyon (museum of contemporary art)

GERMANY

Humboldt Forum Museum

NEW CALEDONIA

Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre

NEW ZEALAND

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Hocken Collections, University of Otago, Otago
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
The James Wallace Arts Trust

TAIWAN

Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts