Artist Interview – Léuli Eshraghi

Colour Box Studio recently interviewed Léuli Eshraghi who is a S­āmoan Persian artist and curator drawn to socially informed cultural representation. His artistic practice within painting and printmaking references family histories, spirituality and connection to place through a personal Sāmoan visual language. His curatorial practice is centred on the critical treatment of Oceanian histories in Australia and abroad.

Léuli Eshraghi and Lucreccia Quintanilla will be presenting at the Colour Box Studio event PRESENT PRESENT PRESENT on the 6th of August from 6PM. They will be talking about ‘Mapping South’ which is a project that celebrates 10 years of cultural exchange and dialogue between arts practitioners from countries of the southern hemisphere.


Photo courtesy of Léuli Eshraghi.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

I’m a visual artist and arts manager, working most of the week in supporting roles with Aboriginal and culturally diverse visual and performing artists.

 Describe your writing style.

I’m an occasional poet, and a regular copy and grant writer.

 How did you come to it?

I’ve always loved languages and the ways we can inflect our worlds with meaning.

Tell us about your past projects and what has been your most treasured piece of work?

I recently wrote an existential note to my 5-year old self on language, homeland, and genealogy.

Where did you grow up and has it influenced your style?

I grew up in Yuwi and Bundjalung countries primarily, as well as our lands at Mount Vaea, Sāmoa. My cultural inheritance influences my worldview and aesthetic/linguistic concerns.

What is your current project?

I’m continuing my investigation into transnational cultural memory.

Where do you feel most creative?

Wherever I’m thinking about making work.

What will you be working on next?

I’ll be looking into mourning practices in Middle Eastern and Oceanian cultures.

What can visitors to expect to see from you at ‘Present Present Present’ on the 6th of August?

Lucreccia Quintanilla and I will talk about bringing Mapping South to fruition, South-South cultural relations, and the role of arts practitioners as agitators, provocateurs necessary to sociopolitical change.

Where can we see more of your work?


Mapping South  is available at the Colour Box Studio Pop Up Book Shop until 31 August. Lucreccia Quintanilla & Léuli Eshraghi will be doing a presentation on 6 August from 6pm at Colour Box Studio as part of the “PRESENT PRESENT PRESENT” event.