Edith Amituanai (Samoa-Auckland)
Edith Amituanai (born 1981 in New Zealand) is a Sāmoan photographer working in Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland. From interiors to driveways to communities, Amituanai’s practice is concerned with the environments that shape who we are. During 2008–2019 Edith worked on interior series of Sāmoan transnational community and has taken her to Sāmoa, New Zealand, France, Canada and the United States, each location and subsequent generation revealing new and dynamic ways that culture does and does not travel with people as they move around the globe.
In 2008 she was nominated for the Walters Prize for her series Dejeuner that examined a new Pacific diaspora, expatriate New Zealand Sāmoan rugby players living and working in Montpellier, France and Parma, Northern Italy. She has exhibited extensively in galleries and museums across Aotearoa and internationally in Australia, Austria, Taiwan, Germany and France. In 2019 her work was included in the Transits and Returns exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery. Her artwork is held in national collections including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Christchurch Art Gallery and Govett-Brewster Art Gallery.