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Sāmoan Hxstories, Screens and Intimacies

Chantal Fraser, Yuki Kihara, Jason Edward Lewis, Dan Taulapapa McMullin, Angela Tiatia, Lani Tupu, Lisa Taouma

Main Gallery

September 22 – October 31, 2020

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Sāmoan Hxstories: Screens and Intimacies is presented by A Space Gallery and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival with support from Nia Tero.

A world-first survey exhibition of interdisciplinary Sāmoan video art and short film classics will be presented as part of imagineNATIVE from September 22 through October 31, 2020, by Toronto critical art institution A Space Gallery. 


Curated by Montreal and Alice Springs-based Sāmoan postdoctoral researcher and artist Léuli Eshrāghi, Sāmoan Hxstories, Screens and Intimacies | Hxstoires, écrans et intimités samoans features rarely seen works from 1995-2013 centred on faʻafafine (akin to Two-Spirit) transfeminine experience and navigating cultural belonging despite colonial displacement and trauma. 


Cultural knowledges and conceptions of the future where bodies are sovereign and sexualities are unashamed will be displayed next to works speaking from diasporic positions across Turtle Island and the Great Ocean. 


A Space Gallery will host an online panel discussion to reach distanced audiences, while imagineNATIVE will host its first-ever online Art Crawl on October 22, 2020. A digital viewing of the works will also be available during the festival. 


Chantal Fraser is an interdisciplinary artist interested in the connotations that occur in the subversive presentation of adornment, silhouette, and object.

Critical Art & Culture