In June 2017 writer, editor and artist, Lana Lopesi gave us a reminder that our fragility and complexity doesn’t make us weak; in fact, it makes us stronger.

The ability to overcome adversity and withstand waves of turbulent times is part of the human spirit. In our hardwiring, it is the oldest of threads that also fuels our creativity. Stories of survival resonate because they remind us of our inherent power to adapt and change. A choice is always present, and survival is about choosing to move forward.

No one knows this more than our speaker for this month, Lana Lopesi.

About the speaker

After attending art school, Lana quickly ditched the esteemed job title of artist to be a critic of art and culture. Lana’s writing has featured in a number of publications in print and online. She currently writes a monthly column for Design Assembly called Graphic Matters where she is also a Contributing Editor looking after the Aotearoa Design Thinking series. Lana is the Visual Arts Editor for The Pantograph Punch and was Founding Editor of #500words. Recent residencies include a research residency at RM Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand and Taipei Artist Village, Taipei, Taiwan. Upcoming projects include lei-pā: a curatorial project in collaboration with Ahilapalapa Rands at ST PAUL St Gallery, 2017 and Cold Islander a group exhibition at Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton, 2017.

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