Lisa Reihana | Cinemania

Lisa Reihana, In Pursuit of Venus [Infected], 2015-17 still

Exhibition: Friday 12 January – Thursday 29 March

Lisa Reihana is an artist of Māori (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāi Tu) and British descent who has helped forge the development of time-based and media art in Aotearoa New Zealand. A multimedia artist, Reihana’s practice is driven by collaborative work with communities, described as kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face).

Campbelltown Arts Centre presents Lisa Reihana’s first ever Australian survey showcasing three decades of video and photographic works. Cinemania will feature in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015—17, following its premiere at the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017. Almost ten years in the making, this work is a cinematic reimagining of the French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, 1804—1805, or The Voyages of Captain Cook, and includes scenes featuring Campbelltown’s local Dharawal community. Reihana has used twenty-first century audio-visual technology to animate the wallpaper with real and invented narratives.

This exhibition reveals the spectrum of Lisa’s practice – from early experimental works in digital video such as Wog Features, 1990 and Native Portraits n.19897, 1998, to futuristic films, dystopian photography and immersive environments, such as Fantastic Egg, 2002, PELT, 2009 and Tai Whetuki – House of Death Redux, 2015 – 16.

Lisa Reihana Cinemania appears as part of the 2018 Sydney Festival program. Discover the full suite of programs, events and shows here.


Artist Talks
free, bookings not required
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Saturday 13 January, 1pm (bookings not required) – Auslan interpreted

Saturday 24 March, 11am – 12pm
Lisa Reihana in conversation with Mami Kataoka

Sunday 25 March 2pm
Lisa Reihana artist talk

Public Programs
bookings required
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Saturday 10 March, 10am – 4pm
Lisa Reihana street art youth workshop

Wednesday 28 March, 10am – 12pm
Tertiary Talk

Lisa Reihana | Cinemania Learning Resource

The New Zealand at Venice Biennale Digital Learning Resource
Acknowledgements: The New Zealand at Venice Biennale Digital Learning Resource is a collaboration between Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa, with support from Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Te Papa especially thanks the Artist, Lisa Reihana and Curator, Rhana Devenport for their support. We acknowledge the Expert Teacher Panel for their contribution to the making of this resource: Ros Cameron, Claire Chamberlain, Bridget Blair, Syleena Douglas, Jania Bates, Rhea Stevenson, Susan Haugh, Fiona Crawford and Graeme Anderson. We acknowledge the Dharawal community for their work with Lisa Reihana on in Pursuit of Venus [infected].