2022 Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi Laureate receiving the Toi Kō Iriiri Queer Laureate Award
As an artist, Lindah is deeply focused and wholly committed. She draws inspiration from the
tensions implicit in her Pacific and Palagi lineage, using a multi-dimensional approach to
counter balance one-dimensional attitudes and references towards cultural and gender
identity, creative opportunity and economic diversity, and personal spirituality.
Lindah coined the term Pacific Couture to define her dramatic, conceptually driven, one off garments, often made using Pasifika elements and innovative use of traditional materials. She has exhibited alongside the greats (including Vivienne Westwood and Christian Dior and is interested in the life, death and rebirth of the works she creates; notably setting fire to 25 years of work as a symbol of transformation and as a way to let them go. She challenges us to reconsider pre-conceived ideas about fashion, art and identity – offering forth a new vocabulary that enables us to expand the way we think and move in multiple worlds.
“I don’t have an official title, and/or any academic credentials to prove to anyone that I am a
qualified artist, or that I offer any level of credibility. However, I am not only proud to have
extensive interdisciplinary experience gained through the real-world route working with
some of Aotearoa’s creative pioneers, but I have also been a consistent support system for
so many emerging and established LGBTQA+ and non-LGBTQA+ artists over the years.”