Greg SEMU

Self Portrait with Pe’a, Sentinel Road - Herne Bay

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  Self Portrait with Side of P'ea, Sentinel Road, Herne Bay  2012

Self Portrait with Side of P'ea, Sentinel Road, Herne Bay
2012

  Self Portrait With Back of P'ea, Sentinel Road, Herne Bay  2012

Self Portrait With Back of P'ea, Sentinel Road, Herne Bay
2012

  Self Portrait With Front of  P'ea, Sentinel Road, Herne Bay  2012

Self Portrait With Front of P'ea, Sentinel Road, Herne Bay
2012

 

This self portrait shows that the artist has undergone the male Samoan rite of passage of receiving a pe'a, a tattoo that normally extends from the waist to the knee. This photograph is part of a triptych series that was commissioned in 2012 by the Auckland Art Gallery, which was based on his first signature artwork: a triptych of his naked body created in 1995. This idea to revisit the original triptych and produce a corresponding triptych was aimed at continuing the conversation regarding cultural identity.

 

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