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Jacob Tolo

Designer, Curator, Visual Artist

Jacob was born in the Pacific Island of Samoa and was raised in Auckland (NZ). Studying Graphic Design at Auckland Institute of Technology (now AUT) and Post Graduate study at Melbourne’s Swinburne University in Masters in Multi-Media Design. An award winning designer Jacob is also a visual artist and curator.

Co-founder and Co-Director of the Indigenous-run arts space Blak Dot Gallery (Melbourne), Jacob’s curatorial interest and arts practice is in Contemporary Pacific Art and Culturally Specific Design. Jacobs Design practice has won awards with a focus on culturally specific design with his own company ‘Design Tologata’ and also works as an Art Director for Indigenous New Media Production house Sista Girl Productions, working with local Indigenous organisations.

Jacob’s arts practice is reflective of his design background and fascination with representation of Pacific culture by outsiders. His curatorial focus for the future is to work closely with his own community of Pacific artists from Australia and internationally as an inroad to a deeper understanding of his own culture.

Jacob also blogs under the monika ‘Made In the Pacific’  a design space for all things Oceanic which he assures will be updated as soon as he finds the time.

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Jacob lahir di Kepulauan Samoa di Pasifik dan dibesarkan di Auckland (NZ). Praktik berkeseniannya tercermin dari latar belakang desain dan ketertarikannya terhadap budaya Pasifik melalui mata orang luar. Untuk kerja kuratorial ke depan, Ia ingin fokus berkarya bersama dengan komunitas seniman Pasifik dari Australia dan internasional sebagai panduan untuk mendapatkan pemahaman mendalam mengenai budayanya sendiri.


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