Ioana Gordon-Smith is an arts writer and Curator Māori Pacific at Pātaka Art + Museum. Prior to this, she was the inaugural Curator | Kaitiaki Whakaaturanga at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.  She was the New Zealand-based project manager for the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017, has been a regular Pasifika correspondent for Radio New Zealand and is a member of the community-focused art collective Whau The People. Ioana is the Assistant Curator of Yuki Kihara, Aotearoa New Zealand at the 59th Venice Biennale 2021.