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False Divides by Lana Lopesi
False Divides by Lana Lopesi
False Divides by Lana Lopesi
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While we may talk back to the empire, we can’t talk to each other.

Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa is the great ocean continent. While it is common to understand the ocean as something that divides land, for those Indigenous to the Pacific or the Moana, it was traditionally a connector and an ancestor.

Imperialism in the Moana, however, created false divides between islands and separated their peoples. In this BWB Text, Lana Lopesi argues that globalising technologies and the adaptability of Moana peoples are now turning the ocean back into the unifying continent that it once was.

Lana Lopesi is a critic of art and culture based in Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa. Lana’s writing has featured in a number of publications in print and online as well as in numerous artist and exhibition catalogues. Lana is currently the Editor-in-Chief for The Pantograph Punch and was Founding Editor of #500words.


'Lopesi’s book offers valuable insights into how we may be able to jump across false divides. At the same time, her work also provides space for meaningful dialogue about some of the places, peoples, or ideas that we may, even if unintentionally, jump over in our pursuit of a greater sense of regionalism... [Her] work opens new spaces where critical conversations about these topics can be had.'
– Reviewed by Emalani Case, Australian Historical Studies (50:1), 11 March 2019.

What are BWB Texts?

BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Spanning contemporary issues, history and memoir, new BWB Texts are released regularly, and the series now amounts to well over fifty works.