Keynote / Keynote


Friday 26 November
Little Andromeda
19:00 – 19:30

Reflecting on the last two years since Covid-19 has brought great disruption to the arts and for arts practitioners in Aotearoa, Pelenakeke will reflect on her own journey focusing on tiny transformations that have occurred during this time. What are some moments of joy, awkwardness and personal change? Hoping to spark some thinking (but not inspiration) as a disabled, queer, Pasifika artist who has returned to Aotearoa after many years abroad. She will be thinking through language, placemaking, positionality and cultural awareness. 

Pelenakeke Brown (she/her) is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and writer. Her practice explores the intersections between disability cultural concepts and Sāmoan cultural concepts. Her practice investigates sites of knowledge that hold both and she uses technology, writing, poetry, and performance to explore these ideas. 


She has presented her work in the US, UK, Canada and Germany. She was recognised with a Pacific Toa award at the Creative New Zealand Pacific Arts Awards in 2020 as well as receiving the Dance/NYC’s Disability Dance Artistry Award in 2019. 

She has worked with The Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY) and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, (NY) Gibney Dance Center (NY) and The Goethe Institute ( DE) and other cultural institutions. 

She has held residencies with Eyebeam (NY), AXIS Dance Company (CA), The Laundromat Project (NY), Denniston Hill (NY), and The Vermont Studio Center (VT). 

Her work has been published in The Hawai‘i Review, Apogee Journal, and the Movement Research Performance Journal. 

Most recently she has co-founded collaborative movement practice working towards deepening and challenging our understanding of artistry, disability, and access.

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