Leilani Fuimaono (Sāmoa/AU)

So’otaga (Connection)

27 January - 01 July
Pauline High Priestess (2)

Image: Leilani Fuimaono, Pauline High Priestess, 2017. Courtesy the artist.

A love letter to and from queer Pasifika diaspora communities.


27 January - 01 July


The Outside Gallery [i]
2 Market St, Newport
24 hrs


Queer Futures


Wheelchair access



So’otaga (Connection) explores belonging, community, and connection in Melbourne’s Pasifika & Māori diaspora.

Derived from Fuimaono’s seven-year catalogue and featuring new works, this exhibition reflects on the intricate web of diaspora connections, particularly the potential for both intimacy and alienation within intersecting micro-communities. Contemplating the delicate yet enduring strength of these bonds, the series serves as a love letter both to and from the artist’s extended LGBTQIA+ Pasifika & Māori community. Viewers are invited to reflect on their own deeply personal experiences of ‘community’, ‘belonging,’ and cultural identity.

A Queer PHOTO exhibition curated by Brendan McCleary Presented in partnership with Hobsons Bay City Council

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March