WED 27 MAR, 6.30PM - 8.00PM

As part of a curatorial team that seeks to tell the stories of the City of Tāmaki Makaurau, Andrea Low's particular responsibility is to tell the Pacific dimension of those stories. Knowing the critical dilemma of museums that they are built on colonial infrastructures, Andrea looks for ways to negotiate and understand objects that acknowledge their contested histories. Narrative is one of the tools that can be employed and using recent object acquisitions Andrea will show the potential that narrative has for understanding the past.  

Dr Andrea Low is Project Curator Pacific at Tāmaki Paenga Hira or Auckland War Memorial Museum. Andrea completed her PhD in Ethnomusicology in 2017 and she has a background in fine arts with a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA, 1st Class Hons) from Elam School of Fine Arts as well as a Bachelor of Arts in English, both from The University of Auckland. Her work as a visual artist is held in public and private collections. Tongareva, Hawai‘i, Fanning Island, Fiji, and Samoa, are the places that Andrea traces her heritage to but she is also the descendant of colonisers; specifically men from Scotland who came as sailors and transformed themselves into planters, traders and even a king, in Moana nui a kiwa.