Telly Tuita: Tongpop Nostalgia

Telly Tuita explores his cultural identity through the feeling of nostalgia, informed by his migration from Tonga at age nine.

In Tongpop Nostalgia, Pōneke Wellington-based artist Telly Tuita explores his cultural identity through the feeling of nostalgia, informed by his migration from Tonga at age nine. Tuita’s longing for a past home, both real and imagined, is conjured in the gallery through photography, painting and installation. His ongoing reflections on his ancestral home have developed as a distinct visual language, expressing the complex nature of identity. This is Tongpop.