Dr Caroline Vercoe


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Senior Lecturer


Caroline teaches Global Art Histories and Maori and Pacific art history and visual culture.  She specialises in contemporary Pacific art and performance art, with a particular interest in issues of race, gender and representation, and has been teaching, curating and researching in these areas for over twenty years.  She has published in the Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, the Journal of Pacific History, as well as in many publications including In Pursuit of Venus, Gauguin in Polynesia, Pacific Art Niu Sila and One Day Sculpture.  She recently published an online bibliography Contemporary Pacific Art for Oxford Bibliographies.  


Research | Current

  • Contemporary Pacific art
  • Performance Art
  • Post-colonial and Decolonial theory
  • Non-western feminisms
  • Photography and representation

Caroline's 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 and Pacific Studies, The Journal of New Zealand Art History, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art 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),  The Bodies That Were Not Ours and Other Writings (Routledge, Coco Fusco, 2001), Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific (Asia Society and Museum, 2002), and Gauguin and Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise (Seattle Art Museum, 2012). Her writing also features on the London based Digital Archive of the Institute of International Visual Art.  

Teaching | Current

ARTHIST 115 Global Art Histories

ARTHIST 235 Contemporary Art in Aotearoa NZ

ARTHIST 335 Contemporary Art in Aotearoa NZ

ARTHIST 730AB Exploring Pacific Art

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Vercoe, C. (2017). Contemporary Māori and Pacific artists exploring place. Journal of New Zealand & Pacific Studies, 5 (2), 131-143. 10.1386/nzps.5.2.131_1
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40766
  • Vercoe, C., & Vallee, M. (2015). Vivre l’immensité: Explorations créatives de l’Océan comme lieu incommensurable et insulaire (Creative explorations of the ocean as an immeasurable and insular place). Face à l'immensité: Jean Paul Forest au Musée de Tahiti et des îles (pp. 44-47). Puna'auia, French Polynesia: Musee de Tahiti et des isles.
  • Vercoe, C. (2015). History is a place: Pacific artists reimagining colonial legacies. Lisa Reihana: In pursuit of Venus (pp. 58-64). Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland Art Gallery.
  • Vercoe, C. (2014). Against the grain: Counter-images of urban Pacific identity. In A. E. Allen, D. B. Waite (Eds.) Repositioning Pacific arts: Artists, objects, histories (pp. 135-141). Canon Pyon, United Kingdom: Sean Kingston Publishers.
  • Vercoe, C., & Tonga, N. (2013). Take these with you when you leave: Contemporary Pacific artists who reference tapa. In Mesenhöller P, O. Lueb (Eds.) Made in Oceania: Tapa - Kunst und Lebenswelten / Art and social landscapes (pp. 66-81). Koln, Germany: Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum.
  • 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
  • Vercoe, C. R. (2012). Contemporary Worlds: Artists in the Pacific Respond to Gauguin. Gauguin in Polynesia (pp. 344-359). Munich: Hirmer Verlag. Related URL.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/14003


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Level 7, Room 745
New Zealand

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