Coinciding with the opening of the Oceania exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, publishing platform Contemporary HUM hosted their second public panel discussion Whose Oceania?
The discussion was designed to provide a space to respond to the exhibition outside the confines of the institution. Invited UK based, historian and Beit Professor of Imperial and Commonwealth History at Oxford University, James Belich, Curator Mātauranga Māori at Museum for New Zealand, Te Papa Tongarewa, Matariki Williams, co-chair Lana Lopesi, Art Critic and Editor-in-Chief of the Pantograph Punch and HUM’s editor Pauline Autet, brought their own analysis and complicate narratives presented within Oceania.
There is a full transcript of the discussion available here:
We were very grateful that this panel enabled us to spend time with, connect and host Matariki and Lana during their visit to London from Aotearoa.
Words: Jo Walsh
Image: ©2018 Crystal Te Moananui-Squares