Hi, I’m Lana, a writer based in Auckland New Zealand. I am the Editor-in-Chief of The Pantograph Punch, Editor of Design Assembly and Founding Editor of #500words. Welcome to my website, please don’t hesitate to get in touch about enquiries or future projects.

Panel discussion Contested sites: Performance Art and the Pacific Body in Aotearoa with Lana Lopesi (chair), Leafa Wilson, Rosanna Raymond, Jeremy Leatinu’u and Darcell Apelu at Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga


Lana Lopesi

Lana Lopesi is a critic of art and culture based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Lana’s writing has featured in a number of publications in print and online including Paperboy, Art New Zealand, Un Magazine, GARAGE Magazine, VICE, HOME Magazine and Runway, as well as in artist and exhibition catalogues. Lana currently writes a monthly column for Design Assembly called Graphic Matters where she is also the Editor, one project of hers is the Aotearoa Design Thinking series building dialogue around design in Aotearoa. Lana is the Editor-in-Chief for The Pantograph Punch and was Founding Editor of #500words.

Lana is currently completing her Masters in Philosophy at Auckland University of Technology focused on the contemporary archive and in particular looking at how social media might act as an archive of our everyday Indigenous interactions. Noticing the ways in which Indigenous people use online spaces her thesis looks to suggest how if we decolonise our thinking about what is and isn’t an archival object to include the online environment than we have this whole other record of ourselves which is self-determined and live.


Future projects include The False Divides, a book to be published in 2018 as part of the Bridget Williams Books Short Text Series. She also co-curating The Commute, an exhibition to be at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane in 2018 and Vancouver Art Gallery in 2019.