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Museum of Anthropology: Paradise Lost

August 14th, 2013 @ 2:49pm (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Museum of Anthropology (“MOA”) at UBC quickly became one of my favourite places in Metro Vancouver after school field trip visits when I was younger. The history and artwork, the in-depth look at Northwest Coast culture, and the various galleries make the MOA an enchanting place for a visitor of any age. Their latest exhibit is on now until September 29th and it takes a look at works from across the ocean:

Regenvanu---The-Melanesia-Project
“The Melanesia Project” by Ralph Regenvanu

Paradise Lost?
Contemporary Works from the Pacific

This new exhibition breaks through the tiki kitsch and tourist misrepresentations of the diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands oft found in Hollywood. For Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific, MOA Curator Dr. Carol Mayer has gathered an esteemed group of 13 contemporary artists from New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and Vanuatu.

Working in video, installation, sculpture, weaving, painting, and photography, these artists show the Pacific Islands from an insider’s perspective. Their artworks explore environmental concerns, cultural heritage issues, questions relating to the experience of migration and diaspora, and the intersection of Indigenous belief systems and Western religions.

The artists featured are George Nuku, Te Rongo Kirkwood, Greg Semu, Pax Jakupa Jr., Michael Timbin, Tom Deko, Cathy Kata, Shigeyuki Kihara, Ralph Regenvanu, Rosanna Raymond, Moses Jobo, Eric Natuoivi, and David Ambong.

The MOA galleries and shop (at 6393 NW Marine Drive at UBC) are open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm and until 9:00pm on Tuesdays.

If you would like to visit the Paradise Lost? exhibit I have a pair of passes to give away (valid until September 29, 2013). Here’s how you can enter to win:

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RT to enter to win tickets to Paradise Lost? at @MOA_UBC from @Miss604 http://ow.ly/nW9iL

Follow the Museum of Anthropology on Twitter and Facebook for more information about this exhibit and other happenings at the museum. I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 5:00pm on Thursday, August 22, 2013.

Update The winner is Heidi!

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42 comments

  1. LAinVan says:

    My Dad is coming out from Ontario the first week in September … this would be a great way to “waste a day!”

  2. Victoria says:

    Being a UBC student, I’ve always wanted to take my parents to MOA – it is my favourite place in Vancouver to go to as it has such an amazing array of cultural artifacts and is so enlightening. Love MOA!

  3. jan says:

    Never been before

  4. Jen says:

    One way or another, this is one I will be checking out!

  5. Jas says:

    Went years ago on a high school trip and have always wanted to go!

  6. Issy says:

    My birthday is coming up, and I’ve been wanting to head over to the Moa since I’ve been back in Vancouver. It would be greatly appreciated!

  7. Rj says:

    Sounds fun!

  8. Radhika K says:

    Thanks for the contest!

  9. Haven’t been there for a while!

  10. Tracy says:

    Haven’t been there in ages, would love to go again!

  11. Michael says:

    Sounds Awesome!!!!

  12. Erin says:

    I’d love to go, my daughter hasn’t been the MOA yet!

  13. Jennifer says:

    Yes please!

  14. Seb says:

    One of my favorite place as well !

  15. Margaret says:

    Would love to win. Could cycle out and enjoy the downhill ride on the way home…

  16. KayKay says:

    awesome museum!

  17. Sharylin says:

    I’ve never been to the MOA and this exhibit sounds great!

  18. Sanaz says:

    I’d love to check this out

  19. Krissy says:

    looks cool!

  20. Shirley says:

    I would love to see this exhibition.

  21. Brittney says:

    Love the MOA

  22. John Stuart says:

    My daughter loves museums!

  23. Linda says:

    This is a fanulous museum. Looking forward to the visit.

  24. Colm B says:

    In it to win it. Would love to go.

  25. bjh says:

    I’d love to go!

  26. Maureen says:

    Haven’t been to the Museum since I went for a school field trip in elementary school years ago! Would love to return.

  27. Carol says:

    Would love to experience this.

  28. Linda says:

    The MOA is one of the best places to visit in Vancouver.

  29. Leah says:

    This looks great, I’d love to check it out

  30. fawn says:

    The MOA is one of my favourite places in Vancouver

  31. Andy C. says:

    Sounds like paradise

  32. Stotes says:

    Sounds great!

  33. Michael Kwan says:

    Sounds like as good a reason as any to revisit my alma mater. I went back to see the Beaty Biodiversity Museum a while back and that was fun too.
    http://btr.michaelkwan.com/2013/02/28/the-beaty-biodiversity-museum-at-ubc/

  34. Xanthine says:

    I love the MoA!

  35. Heidi says:

    I love MOA! Thanks for another great contest.

  36. Rebecca says:

    Haven’t been there in a long time, would love to check this out.

  37. Kim says:

    This sounds fantastic! Love the MOA!

  38. Shawna Sanderson says:

    Living here for over 20 years I have always said I would love to see the Museum of Anthropology but have never had a chance to get there. Would love the opportunity.

  39. Lil says:

    I love the MOA! Thanks for the contest.

  40. Michelle W. says:

    Sounds fun!

  41. Sharon Parker says:

    Would love to take my daughter, who is an art student.

  42. cheryl borgmann says:

    One of my fave places in Van to zen out and just take it all in.

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