Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa is the great ocean continent. For those Indigenous to the Pacific, the Moana was traditionally a connector and an ancestor. Imperialism, however, has created false divides between islands and separated their peoples. In this BWB Winter Series event, Lana Lopesi, author of the newly released BWB Text False Divides, talks with writer and curator Emma Ng about how globalising technologies and the adaptability of Moana peoples are turning our ocean back into the unifying continent that it once was.
About the speakers: Lana Lopesi is a critic of art and culture based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa, and is the author of False Divides (BWB Texts, 2018). Lana is currently the Editor-in-Chief for The Pantograph Punch and was Founding Editor of #500words. Writer and curator Emma Ng is the author of BWB Text Old Asian, New Asian, and has recently completed a Master’s degree in design research and criticism at the School of Visual Arts in New York.