• Rosanna Raymond
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY UK

Rosanna Raymond

Rosanna Raymond’s work crosses boundaries between artistic media and genres, drawing on her New Zealand European and Samoan heritage; she has achieved international kudos for her performances and art practice, and currently lives and works in London. A ‘Tusitala’ (a teller of tales) at heart, her art practice takes a variety of forms ranging from installation works, spoken words and body adornment, fusing traditional pacific practices with modern innovations and techniques, with performances and new works, residency’s scheduled for the coming year in the UK, Nederland’s, Germany, Canada and Australia.

Rosanna has undertaken art residencies at the De Young Museum San Francisco, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Museum of Art and Anthropology, UBC, Vancouver and the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology UK, where she curated the internationally acclaimed Pasifika Styles exhibition with Dr Amiria Salmond.

She is 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 specializing with working within museums and higher education institutions as an artist, performer, curator, guest speaker, poet and workshop leader.

Research Interests

  • Samoan time space indexes
  • Hinemihi Conservation Project
  • Pacific Material Culture
  • Artists inside the museum
  • 2011 Full Tusk Maiden Aotearoa: Ramblings of a New Voyager in Words and Vision Version, Pacific Islands Artists Navigating the Global Art World, published by Massai Press, USA
  • 2010 Show and Tell: Weaving a Basket of Knowledge co-written with Dr Amiria Salmond featured in Between Art and Anthropology: Contemporary Ethnographic Practice-Edited by Arnd Schneider and Christopher Wright, published by BERG, NYC
  • 2008 Pasifika Styles: Artist inside the museum- Edited by Rosanna Raymond and Amiria Salmond published by Otago Press and CUMAA
  • The Contemporary Pacific Journal Vol. 20 no.1: Review of the Power and Taboo Exhibition published by the University of Hawaii Press
  • 2003 Clothing of the Pacific: Essay- Fashion Activism in Auckland in the 1990's - edited by Chloe Colchester, published by Berg, London, UK

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