For three months Geoff developed a project with Papatūnga, based onsite at O Wairoa Marae. Geoff’s research focused on design and photography. 

“What does service look like as a Pacific artist within your community?” was the question that centred Geoff’s project with Papatūnga. Upon rediscovering his own family portraits, he was reminded of the importance of capturing these moments, and the value Pacific people place on the documentation of their loved ones. To create a new series of work Geoff utilised social media to reach out to his community offering free family photographs taken outside of their homes. This has resulted in a series of seven portraits of families who responded to his social media call. 

Community Service: Family Portraits was presented as a solo exhibition - Geoff's first solo exhibition in Aotearoa, at Tautai Pacific Arts Trust, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, from 4-11 October 2023, showcasing these portraits alongside a short video work, which itself is a portrait of Geoff’s interactions with the seven families. 

Titled using the last name of the family in each portrait (Jackson, Leo, Marsters, Matiseni-Latu, Puiri-Tuia, Siolo, Wilson), each large-scale photograph candidly documents a portrait style sitting. Working with families across Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, these photographs celebrate the unique and relatable moments shared between members of the family in front of the family home. Exploring the concept of service as a pacific artist and creative, Geoff’s work embodies an act of service to his community.

Co-inciding with the exhibition of Community Service: Family Portraits at Tautai, his video work, Responses, also featured in a group exhibition at at Hoea! Gallery and Project Space in Te Tairāwhiti Gisborne in October 2023.

About Geoffery Matautia
Based in South Auckland, Geoffery Matautia is a photographer and creative, a member of the art collective Raroboys and founder of Period7. Geoff has worked with and created content for the likes of Re:News, Fibre Fale and Te Whanau o Waipareira, and was the stills photographer for TV show Still here (winner of Voyager Media Best video documentary series 2023). His work has been published in Sunday, New Zealand Geographic, Viva and Ensemble.

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