Lisa Reihana

2019 Archive

Lisa Reihana (Maori – Nga Puhi, born in 1964 and lives in Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand) is a multidisciplinary artist who received a BFA from the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland and a Master in Design degree from UNITEC Institute of Technology, School of Visual Art and Design, Auckland. She represented New Zealand at the 57th Venice Biennale (2017) and has contributed in important ways to multimedia, photography, sculpture and screen culture in Aotearoa, New Zealand.


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 video installation that brings to life Māori and Pacific Indigenous peoples’ relationships with their cultural knowledge and spaces. As the video pans…

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…


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,…