True Crit

Earlier this year, Metro Arts editor, Lana Lopesi wondered “where all the bad reviews have gone” as the once highly valued art writing website The Lumiere Reader slowly disappeared from the internet, leaving only a gentle footprint. In this panel, art critics across different mediums - Stacey Kokaua-Balfour (Ngāti Arerā ō Rarotonga, Ngāti Pāmati, Pākehā), with Sinead Overbye (Te Whānau a Kai, Ngāti Porou), Samuel Te Kani (Ngāpuhi, Tainui, Ngāti Porou), and Josiah Morgan (Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Maniapoto)- discuss the very nature of criticism. Who or what is criticism for? Who should critique who? And is Aotearoa too small for robust criticism?

Please note that essa may ranapiri (Ngaati Raukawa, Ngaati Pukeko, Te Arawa, Clan Gunn) can sadly no longer appear in the festival.

You can access a podcast of this event via Otago Access Radio

30 September


60 mins


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