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 slowly from right to left, it reveals new landscapes of colonization and cultural identity. Both Charvet’s wallpaper and Reihana’s video are set amidst a utopian, fabricated Tahitian landscape; however, while the former models Enlightenment ideas of harmony, Reihana’s reading of history focuses on the complexity of colonization and cultural identity.
Lisa Reihana: In Pursuit of Venus [infected] is curated by Julie Nagam and presented by the Art Gallery of Ontario in partnership with imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. For more information, please visit ago.ca.
This installation can be viewed free of charge for visitors 25 and under at all times, and is free for the general public on Wednesdays from 6 to 9pm.
Tai Whetuki—House of Death Redux, a related work by Reihana, is currently on view at 259 Lake Shore Blvd E.
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.
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