Rebecca Ann Hobbs with Thomas and Liana Fonua

Rebecca Ann Hobbs with Thomas and Liana Fonua

Australian born, Wulgurukaba country, Rebecca Ann Hobbs is a contemporary fine art practitioner and currently academic staff at the Manukau Institute of Technology in Otara, Auckland.  Working with new media to create video and still images that mostly address issues around class, gender and race. Hobbs has been selected to participate in many international exhibitions at notable institutes such as; the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Germany, the Centre Pompidou in France and the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia. In 2002 Hobbs received the Australian Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship, allowing her to undertake tertiary education at the California Institute of the Arts, where she completed a Masters in Fine Arts in 2005.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Thomas Fonua is of Samoan and Tongan descent. He began dancing at the age of seven. He completed his formal training with the Black Grace Dance Company, where he also spent five years dancing for the company full-time as a leading male performer. He has been touring internationally since the age of 16. Thomas has worked for major companies in New Zealand, Australia and Canada and is currently preparing to take part in the creation of Australian Dance Theatre’s new work, Multi-Verse by Garry Stewart.

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