Lana Lopesi is an author, art critic, editor and transdisciplinary researcher.
Lana is the author of False Divides (2018: BWB) and Bloody Woman (2021: BWB). Lana’s writing has featured extensively in magazines, journals and publications in print and online including Metro, North & South, Canvas, Art New Zealand, Art News, Afterall and Art Asia Pacific. As well as in numerous artist and exhibition catalogues. Lana was a 2021 Writer in Residence at the Michael King Writers Centre. 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).
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. Lana is also co-editor of the forthcoming journal Marinade: Aotearoa Journal of Moana Art. Lana is also currently a co-editor of Grammar of Race, a forthcoming volume about issues of Race in Aotearoa to be published by Bridget Williams Books. 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 received her PhD in 2021 from the Auckland University of Technology. The thesis is titled Moana Cosmopolitan Imaginaries: Toward an Emerging Theory of Moana Art, and was completed under the supervision of Leali’ifano Albert Refiti, Layne Waerea and Tina Engels-Schwarzpaul. It was funded by the Vā Moana / Pacific Spaces research cluster – an international research platform engaging Pacific and Western thought to investigate Vā Moana or Pacific Spaces. There Lana is also lecturing at undergraduate level in art theory.