Léuli Eshraghi

Born 1986, Yuwi country

Lives and works in Kulin country

 

Education

Current    PhD in Curatorial Practice, Monash Art Design Architecture

2012        GradCert in Indigenous Arts Management, Victorian College of the Arts

2009        BA (Hons) French and Pacific Studies, University of Melbourne

2008        BA French, East Asian and Indigenous Studies, University of Queensland                      

                 Exchange program French and North African Studies, Université Lumière Lyon

 

Residencies

2016         Indigenous Visual Arts Residency, Banff Centre, Canada

2015         Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

 

Solo exhibitions

2015                        Ua fuifui fa’atasi, ‘ae sa vao ‘ese‘ese, Gaffa Gallery, Warrang Sydney

‘O lā ‘āitu lāitiiti, We have always been here, Auckland Pride Festival, Studio One Toi Tū,

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

2014                        Tagiauē, neospace, Narrm Melbourne

2012                        potu aiga, Conduit Arts Initiative, Narrm Melbourne

 

Group exhibitions

2015                        The Narrative of Location (Close), Gaffa Gallery, Warrang Sydney

Re-reading the Rainbow, RM Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Island Time, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Future Archaeology, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Warrang Sydney

The Narrative of Location (Open), Seventh Gallery, Narrm Melbourne

Resonance, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, FCAC Roslyn Smorgon Gallery, Narrm Melbourne

Pacific Photobooks Project, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, FCAC Container Space, Narrm Melbourne

Queer Resistance, RM Gallery, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

2014                        ‘O lā āitu lāitiiti, Rubicon, Narrm Melbourne                               

                                    Small Works, Firestation Print Studio, Narrm Melbourne

2013                        Meleponi Pasifika, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, FCAC Roslyn Smorgon Gallery, Narrm Melbourne

                                    Dandy Boy, Blak Dot Gallery, Narrm Melbourne

2012                        ONE, Blak Dot Gallery, Narrm Melbourne

2010                        How does a network…?, The South Project, West Space - West Wing, Narrm Melbourne

 

Curatorial projects

2016                        Ua numi le fau, Next Wave Festival, Gertrude Contemporary, Narrm Melbourne

2015                        Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Meanjin Brisbane

2014                        Total Eclipse, Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Ownership Project, Narrm Melbourne

                                    Horn of Plenty, Craft Cubed Festival, The Ownership Project, Narrm Melbourne

                                    Of Water and Will, The Ownership Project, Narrm Melbourne

2013                        Clan and Country, The Ownership Project, Narrm Melbourne          

Pasifik Young Artists with Lia Pa’apa’a, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, FCAC Access Gallery, Narrm Melbourne

2012                        Wilin 10 with Tiriki Onus, No Vacancy Gallery, Narrm Melbourne

So Fukin Native with Pauline Vetuna, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Blak Dot Gallery, Narrm Melbourne

2010                        Heartlands Refugee Art Prize with Kelly Madigan, Alliance Française de Melbourne, Narrm Melbourne

 

Presentations

2015                        First Nations agency in diasporic European spaces, Art Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ) Conference, Meanjin Brisbane

                                    Decolonising Gestures for Shared Futures, discussion hosted by artist Nathan Gray, RMIT University Design Hub, Narrm Melbourne

Indigenous Curatorial Agency, Arts Management studies, University of Melbourne, Narrm Melbourne

Art and Agency in the Colony, Indigenous Studies, University of Melbourne, Narrm Melbourne

                                    Moananui Curatorial Resurgence, Curatorial Symposium, St Paul St Gallery at Te Wānanga Aronui o Tāmaki Makaurau AUT University, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland

Fa’afafine Forum (panel), Art Gallery of New South Wales

What is Pacific art? (panel), Te Whare Takiura o Manukau Institute of Technology

Relational Research, Te Whare Takiura o Manukau Institute of Technology

Fluid Islander Being (panel), Auckland Pride Festival, Studio One Toi Tū

We have always been here (with Bryan Crump), Radio New Zealand, 17 Feb

Islander Arts Practice in Australia, Auckland Pride Festival, Studio One Toi Tū

2014                        The Politics of Art and Representation, Footscray Community Arts Centre

                                    On writing difference (with Karina Quinn, Lia Incognita, Thanh Hang), 3CR Radio, 14 Sep

Sāmoan Cultural Memory and Placemaking in Kulin Biik/Melbourne, Sāmoan Studies Conference III at the Iunivesite Aoao o Sāmoa | National University of Sāmoa

                                    On mourning and memory in Tagiauē exhibition (interview Jess Fairfax), PBS Radio, 9 Jun

                                    On Sāmoan arts ecology (with Kenya Kala), Radio Australia, 29 Jan

2013                        On TOP Retrospective (with Carlos Colina), SBS Radio Spanish, 17 Dec

On Pacific cultures and identities with Latai Taumoepeau and Jacob Tolo (with Isabelle Genoux), Radio Australia, 9 Apr

2012                        On memory in potu aiga exhibition (with Isabelle Genoux), Radio Australia, 16 Dec

On Indigenous renewal in So Fukin Native exhibition (with Systa BB), Triple RRR, 25 Sep

 

Publications

2015                        Peleina Thang Hằng, The Politics of QTPOC Hair edition, Queering the Air, 3CR

Who are we beyond imperfect, imprecise Asia?, Peril

On forgetting Aboriginal art, Overland

Editor, Oceania Now Issue 3, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival

We are born of the fanua: Moananui Arts Practice in Australia, Artlink, Vol 32, Issue 2

Socially Engaged Art Practices in Oceania, Open Engagement

                                    Arriving in ANZ, #500words critical platform

2014                        Artwork, The Authentic Writer Self by Khalid Warsame, Overland

Fa’aliliuga tala ‘o le malaga manaia Transcrire le bon voyage Transcribing the good journey, Stella

Near the wurun forests, Stella

Who will claim me? Authenticity in art of the Pacific diaspora, Mana Motu Issue 2, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival

Artwork, Fluid Prejudice: Australian History Comic Anthology, City of Melbourne

2013                        Trueno tropical Faititili a motu Tropical thunder with Lucreccia Quintanilla, Writing from Below Journal, Vol 1, Issue 2, La Trobe University

En moi les morts / In me the dead, Mana Motu Issue 1, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival

 

Awards + Grants

2016                        Next Wave Emerging Curators’ Program with Gertrude Contemporary

                                    Research Travel Support, MADA Curatorial Practice Program

2015                        International Curatorial Retreat, Vessel + MADA, Bari, Italy

Australian Postgraduate Award, MADA

2013                        Arts Victoria project funding, The Ownership Project

                                    City of Yarra project funding, The Ownership Project

                                    City of Yarra triennial funding, The Ownership Project

Miegunyah Fellowship for filmmaker Katalin Bársony, the Wilin Centre

                                    Second Prize for ‘O loimata ‘i le vao painting, Conduit Art Prize       

2012                        Maribyrnong City Council project funding, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival

                                    Best Visual Arts Show Award for So Fukin Native exhibition, Melbourne Fringe Festival

2010                        Dwight’s Prize for Best French Honours Thesis for Nous sommes possibles, très possibles : vers des espaces de possibilité dans l’écriture océanienne de langue française, University of Melbourne