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Tongan artist creates his own realities

03 November 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell -

Visual artist Kalisolaite 'Uhila spent three months sleeping rough to recreate his own interpretation of homelessness.

Creative NZ describes the Tongan born artist as one of the country's most intriguing gifted artists who invites audiences to confront their own prejudices.

Kalisolaite 'Uhila. Photo/ Creative NZ. 

'Uhila picked up this year's award for Contemporary Pacific Artist of the Year in the Pacific Arts Awards.

He says art is his platform for expressing his experiences. 

"Making something that I could put a voice to, to have a voice for the voiceless."

"Sometimes we just look at the cover of a book we just make a judgement on the cover instead of opening up the book to read every single page."

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