Faculty of Arts


Contemporary Pacific Art

Please note: this is archived course information from 2019 for ARTHIST 217.


"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.

View the course syllabus

Availability 2019

Semester 1


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.


Coursework + exam


ARTHIST 217: 15.0 points


15 points at Stage I in Art History and 30 points passed



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