Ahilapalapa Rands

Ahilapalapa Rands (Kanaka Maoli, iTaukei, Pākehā) is an artist and curator working between London, UK, Aotearoa (New Zealand), and Hawai’i. In addition to her solo practice Ahilapalapa is a founding member of collectives In*ter*is*land Collective, and D.A.N.C.E. art club. Her focus is on issues relevant to Indigeneity. She investigates the mechanisms through which settler colonization continues to inform narratives and power dynamics in Moana nui a Kiwa (Oceania).

CIRCUIT Resources

Essay by Lana Lopesi (2019) 

Selected Exhibitions


Transits and Returns, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Commute, Institute of Modern Art (IMA), Brisbane, Australia
The Cookbook Project, Sewerby Hall & Gardens, Yorkshire, UK

You are what you eat, Hull Museums Quarter, Yorkshire, UK
Cold Islanders, Te Whare Taonga o Waikato, Hamilton
Ho’o huli, Silo Park, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
Drinking From The Firehose, Artspace, Auckland
Trololol, TCB Art Inc. Melbourne, Australia
SHMIKEA, Frame Gallery,  Pittsburgh, USA                                                  
The Waffle Shop, In association with CMU, East Liberty, USA
We Wanna Hula, Ina Nui Gallery, Rarotonga                                       
Dateline Returns, Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth