During this period of time, while events in London focus on our ocean, In*ter*is*land Collective will facilitate and encourage discussions around Tangata Moana, the people of the Pacific.
We invite you to be part of developing new formats for moving forward and discussing the shared future of Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa.
In*ter*is*land Collective Book Launch False Divides by Lana Lopesi Published by Bridget Williams Books
While we may talk back to the empire, we can’t talk to each other.
Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa is the great ocean continent. Today, most of us think of the ocean as something that divides land and separates people. However, for those Indigenous to the Pacific (or the Moana), the sea was traditionally a connector and an ancestor.
Writer Lana Lopesi’s new book False Divides explores how these connections were dismantled by colonialism and describes how imperialism in the Moana created false divides between islands and separated their peoples.
Lopesi argues that technology is crucial to how Tangata Moana will connect again and explores the latest research on how Moana peoples use social media and highlights the importance of platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for forging and maintaining relationships across the ocean. The online world is turning the ocean back into the unifying continent that it once was.
About the Author
Lana Lopesi is a critic of art and culture based Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Lana’s writing has featured in a number of publications in print and online as well as in numerous artist and exhibition catalogues. Lana is currently the Editor-in-Chief for The Pantograph Punch and was Founding Editor of #500words.