In Samoan Ata is our reflection, shadow, and image.
ATA (Analogue Telephone Adapter) is a device that converts analog signals from a phone for transmission over internet.
Both meanings describe this international gathering of work by contemporary artists of the Samoan Diaspora. Previously in the United States the institutions showing contemporary Pacific Islander art have tended to be either museums with an anthropological foundation or educational institutions. The media too often represents us in an ineffectual or threatening manner. The materials of our traditional arts and our narrative works are excluded from the dialog of contemporary art practice here in the United States.
But today Samoan visual artists are engaged internationally in exhibitions throughout Oceania, Asia, Europe and the United States. This exhibition brings together in Los Angeles the most recent works of the Samoan international contemporary art scene in the first survey exhibition of its kind to take place in the United States.
Spring of 2012
The Harris Gallery of the
University of La Verne
1950 Third Street, La Verne, California 91750 USA
April 28th – Panel Discussion/Films/Poetry/Reception - 11a to 7p
May 1st – Artist Reception - 6p to 8p
May 24th – Closing