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Exhibition Opening – in Pursuit of Venus [infected]

August 3 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Norval Foundation is honoured to present the immersive video installation in Pursuit of Venus [infected] (2015-17) by Lisa Reihana (born New Zealand Aotearoa, 1964). Breath taking in its technically adept integration of a hand painted landscape with live action figures and a densely layered soundtrack, in Pursuit of Venus [infected] invites viewers to observe a series of restaged historical events, both real and imagined, of the first contact between British and Pacific Peoples.

Rather than replicating a European perspective, which dominates the majority of accounts of this moment, Reihana proposes a Māori and Pacific perspective, by drawing upon visual strategies, philosophies and identities that are particular to the community she is a part of. Simultaneously, in Pursuit of Venus [infected] draws upon traditions of popular culture and theatre, including the moving panorama, a type of rotating panoramic history painting that was common in the mid 1800s, Pantomime, a form of musical comedy, and theatre theory, including practices that break the ‘fourth wall’ of cinema by inserting viewers into the same space of the actors.

Exhibition title:          in Pursuit of Venus [infected]

Venue:                         Gallery 1, Norval Foundation

Run dates:                    3 August 2019

Exhibition curators:   Owen Martin


August 3
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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