Bloody Woman: 2021
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‘Bloody Woman gives voice to my lived experience, to the overlooked, to the underrepresented and to the exceptionally complex, multifaceted and contradictory experience of being a woman.’
This wayfinding set of essays explores the overlap of being Samoan and a woman, as experienced ‘from diaspora’, by acclaimed writer and critic Lana Lopesi. Writing on ancestral ideas of womanhood appears alongside contemporary reflections on women’s experiences and the Pacific. These often deeply personal essays amount to a complex, rich and multi-layered book.
Playful, speculative and far-sighted, these essays are written to support ‘the narratives not yet written’ and the new generations to come. As Lopesi writes, ‘I hope that in the simple act of articulating something, I will both open space and leave room for others to tell their stories in their way.’ With the world confronting fresh questions of gender, race and identity, Bloody Woman opens up new horizons for thinking and writing in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific.
|Dimensions||152 × 228 mm|
Lana Lopesi is an author, art critic, editor and multidisciplinary researcher based in Tamaki Makaurau. Since 2012 Lana has published extensively on New Zealand art and culture in local and international publications including Metro magazine, the Pantograph Punch, Bulletin, Art New Zealand, the Spinoff, Paperboy, among many others. Her writing has also been included in books such as Routledge Companion to Art in the Public Realm, Crafting Aotearoa (Te Papa Press) and Say Something: Jacqueline Fahey (Christchurch Art Gallery). In 2018 Lana published her debut book False Divides (BWB Texts) and in 2019 she co-edited the book Transits and Returns (Vancouver Art Gallery; Institute of Modern Art).