Dr Caroline Vercoe


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Senior Lecturer


Recently Caroline acted as a curatorial advisor for Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific, the first major exhibition examining contemporary art from New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, opening at the Asia Society Museum in New York in 2004.

She was also on the advisory committee for Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self (curated by Coco Fusco and Brian Wallis) a major exhibition exploring the construction of race and nation through photographyin the United States, which opened in 2003 at the Institute of Contemporary Photography in New York. She has essays in both exhibition catalogues.

Research | Current

  • Contemporary Pacific art practice, post-colonial theory, non-western feminisms, photography and representation.

Her research interests include contemporary Pacific art, in particular Pacific artists based in New Zealand, visual culture in the Pacific with a focus on postcards taken in the Pacific, and performance art. She has published in a number of journals including the Journal of Pacific History,The Journal of New Zealand Art History and Art Asia Pacific, and books including Pacific Art Niu Sila: Pacific Heritage in the Arts (Te Papa Press, Sean Mallon and Pandora Pereira, 2002) and The Bodies That Were Not Ours and Other Writings (Routledge, Coco Fusco, 2001). Her writing also features on the London based Digital Archive of the Institute of International Visual Art.

Dr Caroline Vercoe's Research

Teaching | Current

Department: Department of Art History

Caroline teaches ARTHIST 103 Contemporary New Zealand Art, ARTHIST 217/317 Contemporary Pacific Art and WOMEN 202 Gender and Visual Culture in the Pacific, which she co-teaches with Phyllis Herda in Women's Studies. She also teaches a postgraduate course ARTHIST 712 Postcolonial Theory and the Visual Arts.

Art History



Availability in 2012


Global Art Histories

Semester 2


Contemporary Pacific Art

Not offered in 2012.


Contemporary Pacific Art

Not offered in 2012.


Topics in Māori and Pacific Art and Visual Culture

Semester 1 and 2 (full year)


Sites of Resistance

Semester 1


Topics in Pacific Art and Visual Culture

Semester 2



Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Vercoe, C. R. (2013). Art. In M. Rapaport (Ed.) The Pacific Islands: Environment and Society (pp. 685-716). Honolulu, Hawaii: University of Hawaii Press.
  • Vercoe, C. (2013). I Am My Other, I Am My Self: Encounters with Gauguin in Polynesia. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, 13 (1), 104-125. 10.1080/14434318.2013.11432645

Contact details

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Primary location

ARTS 2 - Bldg 207
Level 5 , Room 512
New Zealand