Our Talanoa series comes out of our Marsden Project (2019-2023), 'Vā Moana: space and relationality in Pacific thought and identity'.
In this talanoa in her studio in Tāmaki Makaurau, Rosanna Raymond talks about her developing understanding and practice of vā in her art, museum and conservation practices – in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia, the UK and the USA. Raymond, co-founder of Pacific Sisters collective, co-curator of Pasifika Styles at Cambridge University Museum (UK), researcher, author, and restless artist, has inspired many working with vā, through discussion and action. As a long-term practitioner, she completed her Master of Philosophy thesis, Conser.VĀ.tion|Acti.VĀ.tion: Museums, the Body and Indigenous Moana Art Practice, in 2021. Other relevant publications include Raymond, R., & Sully, D. (2010). Sharing with Hinemihi, Sully, D., Raymond, R., & Hoete, A. (2014). Locating Hinemihi’s people, and Tolia‐Kelly, D. P., & Raymond, R. (2020). Decolonising museum cultures.
To cite: Raymond, R. (2021, 8 December) Interview with Rosanna Raymond (Videographer: Paul Janman, interviewer: T. Engels-Schwarzpaul). Vā Moana: space and relationality in Pacific thought and identity interviews, Vā Moana - Pacific Spaces Research Cluster, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland.
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