Esula Village from a distance

Esula Village from a distance

  • Artist

    Andy Leleisi'uao

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    acrylic on canvas

  • Size

    330 x 240 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2003

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    13 Aug 2003

  • Department

    New Zealand Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    mythology, villages, figures (representations), Samoans, hills, palm trees, emblems (symbols), technology, aircraft, railroads, telecommunication systems

  • Description

    This painting explores a mythical island a century after the inhabitants have voyaged there from their Samoan homeland. Esula Village was earlier occupied by aliens that suddenly departed leaving behind all their technology for Samoan immigrants to use upon their arrival. The Mivimivi people show the Esula villagers how to decorate their new homeland with treasures collected from journeys taken to many parts of the world.

    Like a Samoan version of Gulliver’s Travels, Leleisiu’ao explores a Pacific that wants to reflect the past while also ‘collecting’ the future. (Te Moananui a Kiwa, 2005)

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