JOHN CURTIN GALLERY

Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley

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LISA REIHANA

EMISSARIES

3 FEBRUARY – 29 APRIL

 

Widely acclaimed as the standout exhibition from the 2017 Venice Biennale, Lisa Reihana: Emissaries comes to Western Australia for Perth Festival 2018.

 

In Lisa Reihana: Emissaries, imperialism’s gaze is returned with a speculative twist that disrupts notions of beauty, authenticity, history and myth. The exhibition unravels Enlightenment ideals, cartographic and scientific endeavour, and the raw, ever-present impulses of expansionism, power and desire.

 

 

Lisa Reihana: Emissaries features the artist’s vast panoramic video in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015-17, alongside interrelated photo-based and sculptural works.

 

in Pursuit of Venus [infected] is a cinematic re-imagining of the French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages De La Mer Pacifique, 1804-1805, also known as ‘Captain Cook’s voyages’. Reihana employs twenty-first century digital technologies to recast and reconsider the wallpaper from a Pacific perspective. Enlivened with the sights and sounds of performance, cultural ceremonies and encounters, the expansive video panorama is populated by known and invented narratives of encounter amongst the British navigators and astronomers and people drawn from across Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific.

 

Lisa Reihana, In Pursuit of Venus infected, 2015-17, STILL 05

The exhibition celebrates John Curtin Gallery’s 20th Anniversary since opening on Curtin University’s Bentley campus in 1998 as Australia’s largest University Art Museum and the 20th anniversary of our partnership with the Perth Festival.

Lisa Reihana, In Pursuit of Venus infected, 2015-17, STILL 04

 

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