Shannon Te Ao is an artist based in Wellington, New Zealand working predominantly within performance and video-based practices.
Shannon’s works address aspects of colonial trauma while reflecting on universal human refrains of love, loss and connection. Recent solo exhibitions include: With the sun aglow, I have my pensive moods, curated by Bruce E. Phillips and Sorcha Carey for the Edinburgh Art Festival; Tēnei ao kawa nei, Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu; Two shoots that stretch far out, Taipei Contemporary Art Centre; te huka o te tai, Artspace Auckland; From the one I call my own: Susan Te Kahurangi King and Shannon Te Ao, curated by Robert Leonard and Aaron Lister, City Gallery Wellington (2015); Unstuck in Time, curated by Bruce E. Phillips, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts, Auckland (2015); and The 19th Biennale of Sydney: You Imagine What You Desire, curated by Juliana Engberg (2014).
Shannon holds a BFA (Hons) and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching from the University of Auckland (2010), and a Master of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) from the College of Creative Arts, Massey University Wellington (2015). He currently lectures at the Whiti o Rehua School of Art, delivering into the undergraduate and postgraduate programs across a range of research areas and topics. In 2016 he was awarded the Walters Prize, arguably New Zealand’s most prestigious art prize, for Two shoots that stretch far out (2013-14) and Okea ururoatia (2016).