Dan Taulapapa McMullin is an artist and poet from American Samoa. He recently activated his Aue Away pieces in performance at the Metropolitan Museum with artist Rosanna Raymond, in July 2017. His poems and paintings are featured in in May 2017 World Literature Today Native Issue, Poetry Magazine's Summer 2016 issue, and his recent book of poems Coconut Milk (University of Arizona Press, 2013) was on the American Library Association Rainbow List Top Ten Books of the Year. Taulapapa's artwork was in exhibition at De Young Museum of San Francisco, Oakland Museum of California, Bishop Museum of Honolulu, NYU's /A/P/A Gallery, and the United Nations. His performance poem The Bat and other early works received a 1997 Poets&Writers Award from The Writers Loft. His film Sinalela won the 2002 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival Best Short Film Award. His current projects include Aue Away an art installation commissioned by the American Museum of Natural History, New York, for the 2016 Margaret Mead Film Festival; and 100 Tikis an art appropriation video addressing the intersection of tiki kitsch and indigenous sovereignty, which was screened as the opening night event of the 2016 Présence Autochtone First Peoples Festival in Montreal and was an Official Selection in the Fifo Tahiti International Oceania Documentary Film Festival. Taulapapa's art studio and writing practice is based in Hudson, New York, where he lives with his partner Stephen.  Taulapapa is currently writing a novel (work-in-progress 2017-2019.)
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Self Portrait (2015)  Oil on paper 30x22in.