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Book Launch - False Divides by Lana Lopesi

  • MOKU 56A Artillery Lane London, England, E1 7LS United Kingdom (map)

6pm: Doors open & refreshments available
6.30pm: Event begins
8.30pm: Event completed

While we may talk back to the empire, we can’t talk to each other.

Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa is the great ocean continent. Today, most of us think of the ocean as something that divides land and separates people. However, for those Indigenous to the Pacific (or the Moana), the sea was traditionally a connector and an ancestor.

Writer Lana Lopesi’s new book False Divides explores how these connections were dismantled by colonialism and describes how imperialism in the Moana created false divides between islands and separated their peoples.

Lopesi argues that technology is crucial to how Tangata Moana will connect again and explores the latest research on how Moana peoples use social media and highlights the importance of platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for forging and maintaining relationships across the ocean. The online world is turning the ocean back into the unifying continent that it once was.

Lana Lopesi is a critic of art and culture based Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Lana’s writing has featured in a number of publications in print and online as well as in numerous artist and exhibition catalogues. Lana is currently the Editor-in-Chief for The Pantograph Punch and was Founding Editor of #500words.

Lana is currently in the United Kingdom thanks to Contemporary Hum and their second public panel discussion, Whose Oceania? which coincided with the opening of the Oceania exhibition, on at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Spanning contemporary issues, history and memoir, and the series now amounts to well over fifty works.

This event is hosted by IN*TER*IS*LAND COLLECTIVE & NEW ZEALAND STUDIES NETWORK in association with Bridget Williams Books and Contemporary Hum.

Earlier Event: October 2
Fafswag the MOKU takeover
Later Event: October 10
Talanoa: Ancient Futures Project