SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS

Please find a gallery below of three bodies of work and one curatorial project by Pelenakeke Brown. All work created 2018/19.

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  • Performance stills from work-in-progress Excavātion, performed at Denniston Hill, June 2018.

    Excavātion explores Pelenakeke’s medical record and the histories she has found through this investigation about her history and her mother’s story as a Samoan immigrant to New Zealand trying to navigate the medical industry. She is performing in front of an installation of her medical record on the wall.

Performance stills from second iteration of Excavātion: an archival process.

A multi-disciplinary work using text, audio, visuals and movement. This work continues to investigate Pelenakeke’s medical record from its earlier iteration and melds all her practices together. The work plays with different ways to investigate and re-imagine the archive, first the medical archive as well as her body as a living archive of story and histories. The work explores how disability can be artistry and incorporates how accessibility (audio-description) can aid and support Pelenakeke’s artistic aesthetic as well as an access requirement. This work does this by exploring how Pelenakeke can be witnessed.

This work was developed during her Dance/NYC, Disability Dance Artistry Residency and performed in June 2019 at Gibney Dance Center. A shorter excerpt was performed at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Lincoln Center on June 11th, 2019 as part of a joint public program by NYPL and Dance/NYC looking at the nexus of immigration and disability.

The work was also made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs CreateNYC Disability Forward Fund.


  • Traveling Practice: to be published in the upcoming Movement Research Performance Journal Native Issue.


  • Crossings: created and exhibited for Mana Moana, Mana Wāhine Exhibition for In*ter*is*land Collective, May 2019.

    Curated by Ahilapalapa Rands, Jo Walsh and Jessica Palalagi.


Body Sovereignty: Pelenakeke was selected curator by the Artists of Color Council, to curate artists for the 2019 Spring Season. Pelenakeke curated three artists from Oceania to perform work that explored Body Sovereignty in relationship to their practice.

Read her curatorial statement here.