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IN DEPTH

Greg Semu

Redefining Cultural Roots

By Michael Fitzgerald

GREG SEMU, Vic Taurewa Biddle, photograph from the “Battle of the Noble Savage” series, 2007. 

Copyright the artist and Musée Quai Branly, Paris.

Meeting Greg Semu in person, it’s impossible to ignore a certain feature of the photographer’s physiognomy that seems to reveal the essence of his creative being. It is not the traditional waist-to-knee pe’a tattoo that the Auckland-born, Sydney-based artist of Samoan ancestry first began documenting as a 23-year-old in 1994—and which, when we met on an autumnal April evening in Sydney…

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