Lana Lopesi

Lana Lopesi is an editor, critic and author of False Divides (2018). Lana is co-editor of Unofficial a journal on Moana art produced in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Previously Lana was at The Pantograph Punch where she served as the Editor-in-Chief (2017–2019) after a term as the Visual Arts Editor.

Sep 12, 2019

Drawing lines between us all: Julia Mage’au Gray’s Melanesian mark-making

Lana Lopsesi on tatu maker Julia Mage’au Gray, the revival of Melanesian female tattoo practice, and an exhibition paying homage to her work.

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Aug 21, 2019

How to Live Together: A sprawling art show about a culture at boiling point

Who makes up the royal 'we'? Lana Lopesi reviews a massive show at ST PAUL St Gallery in Auckland that investigates questions of community, culture and conflict.

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Aug 8, 2019

The debate over Theo Schoon, who built his career on the backs of Māori artists

An exhibition of Dutch-New Zealand artist Theo Schoon at the City Gallery in Wellington has set off a debate about the place of racially problematic work in public spaces.

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Jan 30, 2018

Baby Mama Drama: What you need to know about the term ‘baby mama’

When James Shaw thanked 'Pirimia Jacinda Ardern, or baby mama' many of us swooned at its cuteness, while others silently cringed. Asks Lana Lopesi, how much do we really know about the term 'baby mama'?

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