Focusing on the Pacific collections
13 June 2014
Rosanna Raymond, an artist and commentator on contemporary Pacific Island culture, is visiting RAMM to investigate the museum’s Maori and Samoan collections and help our understanding of their contemporary relevance. The new interpretation will be incorporated in the collection documentation and will assist with the redisplay of the Pacific collections in the World Cultures gallery in 2015.
Rosanna’s visit is part of the Designation Development Fund supported Discovering Worlds project, an ambitious project encompassing new research, conservation, documentation and reinterpretation of RAMM’s Pacific collections.
A published poet, writer, founding member of the SaVAge K’lub with art works held in museum and private collections around the world, Rosanna has forged a role for herself over the past 20 years as a producer and commentator on contemporary Pacific Island culture in Aotearoa NZ, the UK and the USA, fusing traditional practises with modern innovations and techniques and specialising with working within museums and higher education institutions as an artist, performer, curator, guest speaker, poet and workshop leader. A New Zealand born Pacific Islander of Samoan descent, she is currently living and working in London, UK with her family.
See her art at RAMM
In 2007, RAMM commissioned Rosanna to make something that reflected the significance of barkcloth to Polynesian life today. The resulting barkcloth decorated denim jeans called Genealogy are on display in the World Cultures gallery.