Tanu Gago was born in Samoa and raised in Manukau City. He draws on his unique perspective and life in South Auckland to make art that directly engages with urban social issues including the fluid nature of ethnic and gender identities. Gago held his first solo exhibition, YOU LOVE MY FRESH at Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts in 2010 and went on to show his first photographic series, Jerry the Fa’afafine (In The Manner of a Samoan Man) at City Gallery Wellington in 2011. His follow-up series, Avanoa O Tama was developed for a solo exhibition at Fresh Gallery Otara and went on to be shown as part of Home AKL at Auckland Art Gallery in 2012. This year, Gago has received the Auckland Festival of Photography Annual Commission and will be holding a solo exhibition in central Auckland in May. He holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts majoring in Directing for Film & Television.