Jeremy Leatinu’u completed his BVA at the Manukau Institute of Technology in 2008, he then in 2009 completed a PGDip in Fine Arts at Elam School of Fine Arts, The University of Auckland. In 2020 Jeremy is currently in his fourth year in Māori immersion, learning Māori language.
Early video documented performances helped establish Jeremy’s art practice and interest between site specificity, performance art and moving image. Works such as Public Observations II (2010), where market goers are forced to ebb and move around Jeremy, while he sits at the centre of a bustling market or Tight rope (2011) a documented performance of Jeremy walking tightrope style down the middle of a busy road with cars cautiously passing by. Other recent works include collaborative and participatory events such as Kawea (2019) and Earthpusher (2017), and navigating the space between narration, visual arts and film with works such as Mai i te kei o te waka ki te ihu o te waka (2018) and When the moon sees the sun (2019).
Jeremy has shown in a number of film festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Montréal First Peoples Festival and the Wairoa Māori Film Festival. He has exhibited and presented collaborative projects throughout Aotearoa New Zealand including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Artspace Aotearoa, Te Tuhi, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, internationally including Hawai’i, France, Venice, China, Germany, Spain and New York.