Faculty of Arts


ARTHIST 317

Contemporary Pacific Art


Description

 

"Contemporary Pacific Art" explores the ways that artists translate indigenous knowledge systems and urban experiences into gallery forms such as painting, sculpture, photography, installation and multimedia, as well as performance and digital art practices. 

Artists discussed in the course include Ani O’Neill, Angela Tiatia, Michel Tuffery, Tracey Moffatt, Fatu Feu’u, John Pule, FAF SWAG and Janet Lilo. 

Themes include migration and diaspora, language and memory, notions of homelands and return, and the creation of complex cultural and gender identities. 

The course also provides an introduction to decolonial theory and non-western feminisms.

Assessment

Coursework + examination

Availability 2019

Semester 1

Lecturer(s)

Coordinator(s) Dr Caroline Vercoe

Recommended Reading

  • Sean Mallon and Pandora Pereira, eds.  Pacific Art Niu Sila: The Pacific Dimension of Contemporary New Zealand Arts.  New Zealand: Te Papa Press, 2002.
  • Peter Brunt, Nicholas Thomas, eds.  Art in Oceania: A New History.  London: Thames and Hudson, 2012.
  • Melissa Chiu, ed.  Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific. New York: Asia Society Museum, 2004.
  • Susan Cochrane.  Beretara: Contemporary Pacific Art.  Noumea: Centre Culture Tjibaou, 2001.
  • Karen Stevenson.  The Frangipani is Dead: Contemporary Pacific Art in New Zealand 1985-2002.  New Zealand: Huia Press, 2008.
  • Ian McLean, ed.  How Aborigines Invented the Idea of Contemporary Art. Brisbane: IMA, 2011.
  • Queensland Art Gallery.  My Country.  I Still Call Australia Home: Contemporary Art from Black Australia.  Australia: Queensland Art Gallery, 2013.

Assessment

Coursework + exam

Points

ARTHIST 317: 15.0 points

Prerequisites

15 points at Stage II in Art History and 60 points passed

Restrictions

ARTHIST 217


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