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Léuli Eshraghi is a Sāmoan and Persian artist, curator, writer, Monash University Art Design Architecture (MADA) PhD candidate, and an uninvited guest in unceded Kulin Nation territory. His work centres on indigeneity, language, the body, and queer futures. Across video, photography, painting, and installation, Leuli processes intergenerational trauma, honours diasporic indigeneity, and imagines multilingual, sovereign bodies and relationships to our planet. Leuli holds qualifications in Cultural Studies and Indigenous Arts Management. He is member of artist duo Orangias+Eshraghi, theAboriginal Curatorial Collective | Collectif des commissaires autochtones board (Canada), Broadsheet’s editorial advisory panel, Melbourne Museum’s Pacific Advisory Group, and the First Nations Curatorial + Arts Management Front (Australia).
Leuli has undertaken residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Canada) and the Tautai Pacific Arts Trust (Aotearoa New Zealand). Recent highlight exhibitions include Dead Centre curated by Anna Louise Richardson and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah at Spectrum Project Space, Edith Cowan University (Boorloo Perth), The Bill: For Collective Unconsciouscurated by Misal Adnan Yıldız at Artspace NZ (Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland), Future Archaeology curated by Toby Chapman at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Warrang Sydney), and shadow sites curated by Samantha McCulloch and Frances Wilkinson at the Centre for Contemporary Photography and National Storage Collingwood in Next Wave Festival 2016 (Narrm Melbourne).
Recent curatorial projects include Artbank Social Club at Artbank, Ua numi le fau at Gertrude Contemporary, developed through the Emerging Curators’ Program for Next Wave Festival 2016, Vai Niu Wai Niu Coconut Water at Kabul-dja Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Clan and Country at The Ownership Project, and So Fukin Native at Blak Dot Gallery. His writing is published in Artlink, Art Monthly Australasia, Canadian Art, Discipline, Public Journal, Peril Magazine, Overland, Writing From Below Journal, #500words and Stella Magazine.