Lisa Reihana: in Pursuit of Venus [infected]


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki • 2 May - 30 August

10am-5pm daily
Cnr Kitchener and Wellesley Streets
Lisa Reihana

This exhibition marks the world premiere of one of the most ambitious screen-based projects from Aotearoa New Zealand in the presentation of Lisa Reihana's multi-screen panoramic video, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015.

Vast in its complexity and scale, this digital video and sound installation challenges stereotypes developed through the gaze of imperialism and reappraises a widely distributed European representation of the Pacific from the early 19th Century in the form of Joseph Dufour's 1804 scenic wallpaper, Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique.

Dufour’s 20-panel wallpaper and its exotic neoclassical subject matter referenced popular illustrations of the times and mirrored a widespread fascination with Captain Cook and de la Perouse Pacific voyages.

Reihana refreshes, reactivates and reenergises these ideas from a Pacific perspective using digital technologies to create an immersive experience for audiences.

Lisa Reihana

Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus (still), 2015,
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, gift of the
Patrons of Auckland Art Gallery, 2014


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