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. 

Previously Lana was 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).