Faculty of Arts


Exploring Pacific Art


This course highlights the intersections, relationships and connections between a wide and diverse range of Maori and Pacific art forms, including performance, tapa cloth, body adornment and contemporary gallery based art practices, and cultural concepts like Talanoa (open ended dialogue), Ta (temporal), Va (spatial), Kastom (customary practices) and Turangawaewae (‘a place to stand’, a sense of belonging or association grounded in one’s genealogy and tied to a particular place). It firmly positions Maori and Pacific artists, key exhibitions and art writers within an intersectional art historical framework, indigenous knowledge systems and the contemporary, global world.  

Themes explored include indigenous, migrant and diaspora voices, memory and notions of belonging, indigenous and decolonial thinking, gender, stereotypes and representation. These are discussed alongside relevant Pacific writers curators and theorists, including Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, Albert Wendt, Jim Vivieaere, Deidre Brown, Haunani Kay Trask and Epeli Hau’ofa.  Classes revolve around readings which are discussed and related to a range of art forms and practices.   We also visit a range of art galleries and museums. You are expected to have read and engaged with the relevant resources in preparation for class discussion each week.  


Coursework only

Availability 2022

Not taught in 2022


Coordinator(s) Dr Caroline Vercoe


ARTHIST 730A: 15.0 points

ARTHIST 730B: 15.0 points

ARTHIST 730: 30.0 points

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