Raymond Sagapolutele – Tapu.


Raymond Sagapolutele, Tapu. 594mm x 841mm  Giclee print, hahnemuhle photo rag, 2018. Edition of 3 + artists proof. This work is framed, shipping by arrangement.

‘These are three images from my series ‘Memento Moni’ – a triptych that subverts the term ‘Memento Mori’ – remember, you will die, and replaces Latin for death with Samoan for truth. The work looks at the lived experiences of my life up to this moment and my connections and responsibilities to my parents and ancestors as represented by the skull. Tapu is a commentary on forgotten heritage and the faaaloalo / respect due to the choices made by my parents in raising their family in Aotearoa, away from their home in Samoa. Tapu also touches on the divine and sacred in Samoan cultural practice with a Tuiga constructed solely for this image and subsequently destroyed at the conclusion of the process of capturing it.



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