Biography

Megan Tamati-Quennell is a writer and curator of modern and contemporary Māori and Indigenous art. During her 33-year curatorial practice, she has held positions at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Govett Brewster Art Gallery. Although Tamati-Quennell’s extensive exhibition history is anchored strongly in New Zealand, her expertise spans transnational contemporary First Nations art. She has worked on many international projects, including in Australia, Canada, Norway, the United Kingdom, South Africa and the United States. Her research interests include contemporary Māori art; Māori modernism; Māori women artists, 1930 to today; international First Nations art; First Nations and non-western art in transnational contexts; and First Nations art curatorial praxis. She is of Te Ātiawa, Ngāi Tahu and Kāti Māmoe Māori descent.

Tamati-Quennell will also be co-curating Sharjah Biennial 16.