In 2009 Anita completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in photography at Whitecliffe College of Art & Design, she then went on to gain a Master of Fine Arts from Whitecliffe in 2014. Anita has exhibited nationally and internationally. She was a finalist in the 22nd Annual Wallace Art Awards in 2013 and in the same year was a finalist in the Auckland Festival of Photography, and was selected for the Pingyao International Festival of Photography, in Shanxi China.
Anita’s raw and powerful imagery is uneasily
The Falling is a recent body of work that further explores the inextricable links between land, social structures, and those who navigate the mutual co-dependent spaces that result via transactional moments. What occurs is a complex interplay between the shaping of identity as the environment is navigated through in daily activities and interactions. The everyday environment as a vital and dynamic constant. The establishment of an identity also existing through a dynamic and close engagement with prevalent social paradigms. Everyday life as a series of actions, reactions, and movements that play out in both conscious and unconscious ways, driven by absorption, rejection, and the embracement of ideals and beliefs, that are embedded within the various social/structural spheres.
Anita has exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions including: PIMPI Winter Series, Big Willie Legacy Barber & Tattoo, 2015; Local Sound, Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland, 2015; Fa’amania/ To Adorn, Studio One Toi Tū, Auckland, 2014; A Sense Of Place, Papakura Art Gallery, 2013; To Be Pacific, Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne, 2013; My Place, 13th Pingyao International Festival of Photography, Shanxi, 2013; This Must be the Place, St Paul Street Gallery, Auckland, 2012; Girls Who Shoot/ Boys Who Draw, Papakura Art Gallery, Auckland, 2012; Niu Pasifik Warriors, Niu Warrior Festival, Casula Powerhouse Art Centre, Sydney, 2011; Niu Pasifik: Urban Art from the Pacific, C.N. Gorman Museum, University of California, Davis, 2010; Tiaho: Photography from Oceania, Instituto de Latino, Mexico City,Caseton, Multidisciplinary Centro, Mexico Palacio Municpal de Ciudad Netzahualcoyotl, Mexico State, 2010; Samoa Contemporary, Pataka Museum of Arts and Culture, Porirua, 2008;