Keynote: Making art while the world burns by Jessica Palalagi

While it may seem frivolous or a guilty pleasure, art is fundamental to our humanity and holds great value both on the personal level and in our communities. Join Jessica Palalagi as she digs into the vital need for creativity in uncertain times.

Friday 24 February, 18:30
UC Arts Recital Room, South Quad, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora


Jessica Palalagi was born in Aotearoa/New Zealand and traces her ancestry to Niue/Nukututaha in Te Moananui a Kiwa and Aberdeen, Scotland.  She has an MA in Art History from Auckland University and is the Kaiwhakahaere/GM of the Arts Foundation Te Tumu Toi.  She is a founding member of In*ter*is*land Collective, she writes, sometimes has the patience to draw, makes little moving images, and is in love with trying to create expansive and immersive works. A Gemini sun, she’s obsessed with the duality of all things, but ironically is terrified of doppelgangers. She is made of the saltiness of all moanas spanning hemispheres, the journeys that her ancestors navigated, the movements of dark to light made by the mahina, the languages that have been lost, the strength of the matriarchs before her and the music of Barry White.