Whose Oceania? is publishing platform Contemporary HUM's second public panel discussion, which will coincide with the opening of the Oceania exhibition, on at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
This exhibition is a major international event for Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific, and we have decided to take the opportunity to bring together several professionals from different backgrounds and practices in Maori and Pacific art, as well as colonial studies, to offer informed and critical responses to the show.
Among those on the panel will be UK-based historian and Beit Professor of Imperial and Commonwealth History at Oxford University James Belich, award-winning artist exhibiting in Oceania Fiona Pardington and Curator Mātauranga Māori at Te Papa Matariki Williams. The New Zealand-based art critic and Editor-in-Chief of The Pantograph Punch Lana Lopesi will be joining the discussion as co-chair, along with HUM's own editor Pauline Autet.
In addition to offering their reactions to the exhibiton, the panel discussion will also address wider questions surrounding the presentation of historical and contemporary works in foreign contexts, such as the Royal Academy, and discuss the link to the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's first voyage to the Pacific—all from a distinctly New Zealand and Pacific point of view.
Whose Oceania? will take place just a few blocks away from the Royal Academy, in the Penthouse of the NZ High Commission, on Saturday 29 September at 3pm and promises to be an interesting afternoon of dynamic, thought-provoking and insightful discussion about art from Oceania.
As entry to the NZ High Commission is by invite-only, if you are interested in attending, please RSVP.
Image: Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus [infected] 2015, HD video (detail), Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of the Patrons of Auckland Art Gallery.
Thanks to Creative New Zealand, New Zealand High Commission and New Zealand Studies Network for their support!