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Lisa Reihana

Lisa Reihana (Maori – Nga Puhi, born and lives in Auckland, Aotearoa | New Zealand) is a multidisciplinary artist who received her BFA from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland and a Masters in Design from UNITEC Institute of Technology, School of Visual Art and Design. She represented New Zealand at the 57th Venice Biennale, 2017 and has contributed in powerful ways to multimedia, photography, sculpture, and screen culture in Aotearoa | New Zealand.

Works

Lisa Reihana at Art Gallery of Ontario

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

In Pursuit of Venus [infected] was conceived as a response to the 1800s wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique (1804–05) by Jean-Gabriel Charvet. It is a monumental installation that brings to life Māori and Pacific Indigenous peoples’ relationships with their cultural knowledge and spaces. Lisa Reihana: In Pursuit of…

Lisa Reihana at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E

Location: 259 Lake Shore Blvd East

Reihana’s two-channel video, Tai Whetuki—House of Death Redux, depicts Māori and Pacific Islander cultural practices surrounding death and mourning. A reflection on grief and the transition of the spirit, these haunting and evocative images are accompanied by an elemental soundscape. In this sombre vignette, a goddess guides the spirit of…

Programs

Artist Talk with Lisa Reihana and Julie Nagam

Location: Art Gallery of Ontario

In conversation with curator Julie Nagam, artist Lisa Reihana speaks to her installation, In Pursuit of Venus, on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario and its sister project, House of Death, featured at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E. Image Credit: “in Pursuit of Venus [infected],” 2015–17, Ultra HD video,…

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