Lisa Reihana’s In Pursuit of Venus is a two-channel, live-action video inspired by the colonial 19th-century panoramic wallpaper, Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique (1804–05). Using 21st-century digital technologies powerfully challenges the exotic representations of Pacific Islander peoples found in colonial European art. With her work, Reihana attempts to present colonial history from an indigenous standpoint by taking the fanciful representation of Pacific Islander peoples found in Les Sauvages and by populating her video work with the sounds and actions of accurately dressed Māori and Pacific Islander actors. Neither does she shy away from illustrating moments of violent imperial conflict, events which are noticeably absent from Dufour’s idyllic panorama.
📅 June 10 – September 10, 2016