Hi I’m Lana, an author, art critic and editor based in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland. 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 author of False Divides (2018: BWB) and Bloody Woman (forthcoming: BWB). Currently Lana is Editor-in-Chief for the Creative New Zealand Pacific Art Legacy Project, a digital-first Pacific art history told from the perspective of the artists. Previously Lana was at The Pantograph Punch as the Editor-in-Chief (2017–2019). 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 Moana cosmopolitanism and contemporary art. 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.

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).

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 was a 2021 Writer in Residence at the Michael King Writers Centre.