Rosanna Raymond will be visiting artist at the International Research Center in April 2014, during her residency at the Ethnological Museum Berlin. During her stay, she will artistically investigate the Ethnological Museum’s Pacific holdings.
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. She has performances, new works and residencies scheduled for the coming year in the UK, Nederlands, Canada and Sydney.
Raymond has undertaken art residencies at the De Young Museum in 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.
A published poet, writer, founding member of the SaVAge K’lub with art works held in museum and private collections around the world, Raymond 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. She specializes in working within museums and higher education institutions as an artist, performer, curator, guest speaker, poet and workshop leader. Raymond has recently been appointed an Honorary Research Associate for Department of Anthropology and the Institute of Archaeology at the University College of London.
The residency is organized in cooperation with the Humboldt Lab Dahlem and the Indigeneity in the Contemporary World project, led by Professor Helen Gilbert (a former Fellow at the Centre) and funded by the European Research Council.