Lana Lopesi: Moana Cosmopolitan Imaginaries
In the last decade, a digital native generation of Moana artists have positioned themselves away from the narratives of displacement and non-belonging featured in the Moana art of previous generations, imagining their subjectivity in globally routed, yet locally rooted, ways. Premised on the diasporic, interconnected, and cosmopolitan character of Moana life today, this lecture examines the way this generation of Moana artists imagine their subjectivities, their cultures, and their places in the world through contemporary art.
A well-known author, art critic and editor, Dr Lana Lopesi is Assistant Professor of Pacific Islander Studies at the University of Oregon. She will be speaking to us via live-stream.
About the Gordon H. Brown Lecture series:
Gordon H. Brown is an artist and freelance writer on a wide variety of New Zealand art topics. He has a Diploma in Fine Arts from Canterbury School of Art and between 1960 and 1977 he worked in various significant libraries and art galleries. The author of the classic Colin McCahon: Artist and An Introduction to New Zealand Painting 1839–1967, he was awarded the OBE in 1980 for services to art history.
In 2002 Te Herenga Waka-Victoria University established the Gordon H Brown Lecture series to further art historical scholarship in New Zealand. Recent lectures in the series have been delivered by Albert Refiti, Conal McCarthy, Christina Barton, Damian Skinner, Rebecca Rice, Nicholas Thomas, Deidre Brown, Ngarino Ellis and Jonathan Mane-Wheoki.