Ioana Gordon-Smith is an arts writer and Curator Māori Pacific at Pātaka Art + Museum. Prior to this role, she was the inaugural curator at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery. She has also worked as curator at Objectspace, a gallery dedicated to craft, design and applied arts, and as the inaugural Education Intern for Artspace, New Zealand, a role which came about through a partnership between Tautai Contemporary Arts Trust and Artspace to increase the accessibility of Artspace to its nearby Pacific audiences.
In addition to her curatorial work, Gordon-Smith also contributes regularly to a number of catalogues as well as magazines and journals, such as Art New Zealand, Art News New Zealand and Un Magazine. She was the New Zealand-based project manager for the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 and has been a regular Pasifika correspondent for Radio New Zealand.
Though her areas of interest span a broad range of disciplines, what is consistent throughout is a curatorial process that prioritises a close working relationship with artists and arts communities. Gordon-Smith is the assistant curator of Yuki Kihara, Aotearoa New Zealand at the 59th Venice Biennale 2022.