Lana Lopesi (Samoa) is an author and critic based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Lana was at The Pantograph Punch where she served as the Editor-in-Chief (2017–2019) and before that she was Founding Editor of #500words (2012–2017) and Editor of Design Assembly (2018). Lana is the author of False Divides (2018) and her writing has featured in a number of publications in print and online as well as in numerous artist and exhibition catalogues.
She is also 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).
Lana is currently completing her Doctorate in Philosophy at Auckland University of Technology focused on the significance of the online environment for this current generation of Pacific people and by extension the art that they’re making. There is she also a researcher for the Vā Moana / Pacific Spaces research cluster – an international research platform engaging Pacific and Western thought to investigate Vā Moana or Pacific Spaces.
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.