Hi, I’m Lana, an editor, critic and author based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. 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 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. Before that, she was Founding Editor of #500words (2012–2017) and Editor of Design Assembly (2018). Lana’s writing has featured in a number of magazines, journals and publications in print and online as well as in numerous artist and exhibition catalogues.

Lana is currently a PhD Candidate at Auckland University of Technology focused on the significance of the online environment for this current generation of Pacific people and by extension the art that they’re making. There she is also a researcher for the Vā Moana / Pacific Spaces research cluster – an international research platform engaging Pacific and Western thought to investigate Vā Moana or Pacific Spaces.


She is also part of a global Indigenous Curatorium who first formed to curate the exhibition The Commute at the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane (2018) with subsequent projects including Layover at Artspace Auckland (2019) followed by Transits and Returns at Vancouver Art Gallery (2019).

Lana also served as a judge for the Best Writing by a NZ Māori or Pacific Islander category for the Art Association of Australia and New Zealand awards (2018) and the Illustrated Non-Fiction Award for the Ockham NZ Book Awards (2020).