Lisa Reihana – Aotearoa / New Zealand
Lisa Reihana is a Maori artist whose film, photography and multimedia art explores ideas about indigenous identity and bi-cultural living. Reihana’s desire to address and engage with colonial histories and contemporary experience through diverse media is expressed in installations that are collages drawn from eclectic sources utilizing photography, sculpture and time-based arts.
Her extensive international exhibition record includes representing New Zealand in Paradise Now? at the Asia Society Museum, New York; the 2000 Sydney Biennale; the Noumea Biennale in 2002; the Asia Pacific Triennial in 1996 and 2003, exhibiting in Marks Garage in Honolulu in 2004; the imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Toronto; in Singapore, Brasil, Australia and Sweden. Native Portraits n.19897 was commissioned for the opening of Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington NZ, to critical acclaim. Reihana has undertaken numerous residencies including time at the Institute for Modern Art in Brisbane, The Banff Centre in Canada, as Digital Artist in Residence at Waikato University, New Zealand in 2006, and as Tohunga a Toi at Unitec in Auckland, New Zealand, where she also competed her MA. Her thesis presentation included a work based around Captain Cook, Joseph Banks and the Pacific Navigator Tupaia. Called In Pursuit of Venus, it utilized green screen technology to insert performers into a painted landscape resembling 19th Century painted wallpaper.
For ArtSpeak, Lisa has submitted two video works Tauira (1991) and Hyper Girls (1996). She also has work screening in Binding and Looping – Transfer of Presence, curated by Deborah Waite in the main UHM Art Gallery.
Lisa Reihana (2001) Hinepukohurangi. [Digital photograph on dibond) 200 x 100cm
Lisa Reihana (2001). Mahuika. [Digital photograph on dibond) 200 x 100cm
Lisa Reihana in front of a mural commissioned for the Auckland motorway extension project in Victoria Park, Auckland in 2012.