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Lagoonscapes. Vol. 3, n. 2 - December 2023

Lagoonscapes. Vol. 3, n. 2 - December 2023


This issue of Lagoonscapes binds thinkers, scholars, artists, activists, policymakers and curators from Venice and the Pacific in a holistic way, in dialogue and with converging views and vantage points, discussing human/non-human relationships, cross-disciplinary dialogues and ancestral epistemologies.
First-hand knowledge and experiences shift the perspective from rigid academic and institutional structures to personal ruminations on the injuries of colonisation. One of the aims of this special issue of Lagoonscapes is to decentralise and provincialise such ‘Man-as-human’ as the subject/object of inquiry, and thus counter and reframe established geographies, histories and temporalities.

Table of Contents:


Swimming Against the Tide
Francesca Tarocco, Natalie King

Vā Fealoa’i – Nurturing the Space Between People and Between People and Nature
Yuki Kihara

Our Sea of Islands
Epeli Hau‘ofa

A Fish Out of Water?
Barbara Casavecchia

Bodies of Water: Fluidity and Indigenous Curatorial Praxis
Reuben Friend

The Vārchive Revolution: The Imperative for Indigenous
Truth-Telling and Redefining Heritage Preservation
Nathan Mudyi Sentance, Madeline Poll, Tammi Gissell

Nuclear Testing in French Polynesia: After Fifty Years of Lies and State Secrets
How to Calm Our Anger and Rebuild Ourselves
Chantal Spitz

The Monstrous Sea
Veronica Strang

The Oceanian Documentary Film: A New Form of Resistance
Miriama Bono

Overlapping Methods and Values in Critical Pacific Approaches to Making Contemporary Art
Joy Enomoto, Katerina Teaiwa

Peggy Guggenheim and the Pacific
Fanny Wonu Veys

An Archipelago of Ecological Care
Venice, Its Lagoon and Contemporary Art
Cristina Baldacci


King, Natalie (Editor)
Tarocco, Francesca (Editor)


Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Venice University Press




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• Oceania • Cosmology • Resistance • The Great Journey • Paradise Camp • Talanoa • Project Banaba • Samoa • Nuclear testing • Decolonisation • Yuki Kihara • Militarisation • Tsunamis • Exhibitions • Peggy Guggenheim • Pacific • Exhibition-making • Pacific studies • La Biennale di Venezia • Venice • Paul Gaugin • Contemporary art • Experimental pedagogies • Winnipeg Art Gallery • Curatorial activism • Petrit Halilaj • Naadohbii: To Draw Water • Sustainability • Tidalectic curatorial practices • Climate action • Pan-Austro-Nesian • Water beings • Etel Adnan • Melbourne Museum • Film Indigeounus • Hydro-theology • Alvaro Urbano • Ecologies of care • Pātaka Art+Museum • Bottled Ocean • Materiality • Gender Studies • Hawai‘i Triennale The Pacific Century • Gender • Exhibition • Archives • Indigenous • Pacific islands • Community outreach • Way-finding • New Guinea • Queer ecologies • Jim Vivieaere • Faʻafafine • French Polynesia • First Nations • Multimedia exhibition • Infrastructure • Sea • Museums • E Ho’omanu no Moananuiākea • Hydrocommons • Climate Change • Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Art Taiwan • Climate crisis • Documentary • Small islands ecologies

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• Lagoonscapes. Venezia, Edizioni Ca’ Foscari - Venice University Press, 2023-12-22, pp. 177-333.


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