Artist Info

Leilani Kake is a practicing video installation artist based in Otara, South Auckland.

Kake is of Cook Island Maori (Manihiki, Rakahanga) and New Zealand Māori (Nga Puhi, Tainui) descent.


  • Post Graduate Diploma of Fine Arts (2005) – Manukau School of Visual Arts (University of Auckland)
  • Certificate in Te Ara Reo Māori – Level 1 (2003) – Te Wananga o Aotearoa
  • Bachelor of Visual Arts (2002) – Manukau School of Visual Arts (University of Auckland)


  • Contextual Studies Lecturer (2010) – Manukau School of Visual Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology
  • Researcher (2009) – Te Aratai Productions
  • Performing Arts Co-ordinator (2007-2008) – Otahuhu College
  • Moving Image Tutor, Te Tari o Mātauranga Māori (2008) – Manukau Institute of Technology
  • Project Coordinator, Niu Life: Manukau’s Pacific People (2007) – Manukau City Council
  • Videographer, Department of Maori Studies (2006) – University of Auckland
  • Camera Operator / Production Assistant (2003-2005) – Tangata Whenua Television Ltd
  • Intern and Model, “Digital Marae” series (2000) – Lisa Reihana
  • Assistant Camera Operator, Shiva Gajan Festival, India (2000) – Manukau School of Visual Arts


  • 2008 Salamander Gallery Emerging Artist Award, Creative New Zealand Arts Pasifika Awards
  • 2007 ARTsource Recipient, Arts Regional Trust

Solo Exhibitions

  • Tino Rangatira Tanga, Deane Gallery – City Gallery Wellington (2010)
  • Tino Rangatira Tanga, Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland (2009)
  • Ariki / Talking Tivaevae, MIC Toi Rerehiko Media & Interdisciplinary Arts Centre, Auckland (2008)


  • Get Up Stand Up, de Young Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco (2009)
  • Te Kirihaehae / The Cutting of the Skin, a multi-monitored video performance installation set on two tonnes of sand in the Otara Community Courtyard, Auckland (2004)


  • Reflections – Commissioned interpretive video work for composer, Opeloge Ah Sam, TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre, Auckland (2007)
  • Minimal – Baroque – Commissioned videographer for art residency project by Juan Castillo, Fresh Gallery Otara and St Paul St Gallery, Auckland (2006)
  • Te Whakatupuranga – Whakawhanaungatanga – Commissioned multi-media installation for Environmental Risk Management Authority (ERMA) permanent exhibition at ERMA office, Wellington, with Nga Puhi carver, Pat Kake (1998)

Group Exhibitions

  • Native Coconut, Fresh Gallery Otara, Auckland (2010)
  • manu toi; artists and messengers, Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku (2010)
  • Pan Pacific Nation, Marks Garage, Honolulu, Hawaii (2009)
  • Le Folauga, Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, Taiwan (2009)
  • Meat & Lollies, Fresh Gallery Otara, Auckland (2008)
  • I Te Marama – Into the Light, Nathan Homestead, Auckland (2008)
  • Ka’apai nuku, Ka’apai rangi – Lift the universe, lift the heavens, Fresh Gallery Otara, Auckland (2007)
  • Longitude, The Art Studio, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (2007)
  • Fresh Gallery Otara turns 1!, Fresh Gallery Otara, Auckland (2007)
  • What’s Going On, Fresh Gallery Otara, Auckland (2006)
  • (Re)Locating Home, Alliance Française de Suva, Fiji / Fresh Gallery Otara, Auckland (2006)
  • Launch Exhibition, Fresh Gallery Otara, Auckland (2006)
  • South Contained Unit, ArtNet Gallery, Auckland (2004)
  • Red Earth Project, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland (2001)

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Urban Pacific Art from Aotearoa, College Art Association Conference (2009) – California, USA
  • Guest Speaker, Center for Race and Gender, University of California Berkeley (2009) – California, USA
  • Guest Speaker, University of California Santa Cruz (2009) – California, USA
  • Guest Speaker, Marks Garage (2009) – Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Presenter, Pacific Island Media Association Conference (2008) – AUT, Auckland

TV Appearances

Tagata Pasifika [TVNZ]
November 2010


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