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58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times Ocula Report 58th Venice Biennale: May You Live In Interesting Times 24 May 2019 : Mohammad Salemy for Ocula

The 58th Venice Biennale, May You Live In Interesting Times (11 May–24 November 2019), certainly benefitted from low expectations, given the lacklustre curatorial of the previous edition, when different segments of the show were conceptually framed with titles like 'Pavilion of Joys and Fears' and 'Pavilion of Colours'. Add to this the...

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Zheng Bo Ocula Conversation Zheng Bo

Hong Kong-based artist Zheng Bo's social, ecological, and community-engaged art practice has, in recent years, focused on moving beyond a human-centred perspective to an all-inclusive, multi-species approach. He takes up marginalised plants and communities of people as subjects in his large-scale interventions, which reintroduce wildness into...

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Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended Ocula Report Auckland Art Fair 2019: Conversations Extended 24 May 2019 : Sherry Paik for Ocula

The weather was clement for the annual Auckland Art Fair (2–5 May 2019), which was again at The Cloud on Queens Wharf. This year's edition was a get-together of 41 galleries, mostly from around Auckland and across New Zealand, with 5 spaces hailing from Sydney and the rest from Cook Islands (Bergman Gallery), Hobart (Michael Bugelli Gallery),...

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Lisa Reihana

b. 1964, New Zealand

Lisa Reihana is a multi-disciplinary artist of Maori (Nga Puhi) descent who has contributed in powerful ways to multimedia, photography, sculpture and screen culture in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Reihana has earned an outstanding reputation as an artist, producer and cultural interlocutor of tremendous generosity and intelligence. Her attention to the complexities of contemporary photographic and filmic languages is expressed in myriad ways. Her ability to harness and manipulate seductively high production values is often expressed through portraiture and cinematic realms where the artist often enlists family and friends as models.

Reihana has an extensive exhibition history including her solo exhibition Native Portraits at MLAC, Italy, Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum; the Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; the Liverpool Biennale, UK; Pasifika Styles, Cambridge, UK. Digital Marae shown at Govett-Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth 2007 was shortlisted for the Walters Prize 2008 and Anne Landa Art Award, AGNSW, Sydney. Digital Marae 2001- employs large scale photography, short videos and aural soundscapes to create an environment which is a culturally rich meditation on Maori in modern times. This work has been shown extensively and continues to garner international renown. The complex works comprising Mai i te aroha, ko te aroha [From love, comes love] 2008 commissioned by Te Papa Tongarewa include multi-screen videos, sculpture and textiles.

Kupenga Design [Lisa Reihana + Henriatta Nicholas] were awarded the VPT Maori Commissions with in Auckland, Reihana completed the Public Art Commission Rangimarie Last Dance at Q Theatre in 2011. The Matariki outdoor projections - Whetu i te rangi were awarded to Reihana in 2010, and were screened at Corbans Estate and Bruce Mason Theatre.

Reihana's work is held in private and public collections including Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland; Australia National Gallery, Canberra; Staatliche Museum, Berlin; Susan O'Connor Foundation, Texas and Brooklyn Museum, New York. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University and a Masters in Design from UNITEC School of Visual Art and Design.

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Featured Artworks

Nootka Warrior (In Pursuit of Venus) by Lisa Reihana contemporary artwork Lisa ReihanaNootka Warrior (In Pursuit of Venus), 2016 pigment print on paper,
160 x 116 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery
William Hodges (In Pursuit of Venus) by Lisa Reihana contemporary artwork Lisa ReihanaWilliam Hodges (In Pursuit of Venus), 2016 pigment print on paper,
160 x 116 cm
Jonathan Smart Gallery

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Lisa Reihana Ocula Conversation Lisa Reihana Artist, New Zealand

The Auckland artist Lisa Reihana has recently opened her most ambitious project to date: in Pursuit of Venus (infected), a filmic animation that has been six years in the making. Projected across a panorama of mutliple screens at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Reihana’s lushly rendered film ‘reanimates’ the picturesque...

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The first 33 artists in 2020 Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN Related Press The first 33 artists in 2020 Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN Art Guide Australia : 10 April 2019

Brook Andrew's grandmother was forbidden to speak her Wiradjuri tongue. 'People need to understand there were generations of genocide in this country,' the artist and first Indigenous Australian artistic director of the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (which will take place across six Sydney sites in 2020) tells Art Guide Australia. 'And it takes time,...

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11 national pavilions and exhibition to see at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 Related Press 11 national pavilions and exhibition to see at the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017 Art Radar Journal : 23 May 2017

Rock, Paper, Scissors: Positions in Play — United Arab EmiratesCurated by Hammad Nasar, commissioned by the Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation and supported by the UAE Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the exhibition features existing, new commissions and re-fabrications of 'lost' works by five UAE-based artists. The show...

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The best art unveiled at the 2017 Venice Biennale Related Press The best art unveiled at the 2017 Venice Biennale The Denizen : 17 May 2017

The 57th edition of the world's most important art exhibition, the Venice Biennale, has, in the past week, seen no end of impressive works unveiled by the world's most important and progressive artists. The six-month showcase (which ends on 26th November) serves as a trip around the world, one that uses a series of 'national' pavilions to exhibit a...

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Giardini Pavilion Highlights from the 57th Venice Biennale Related Press Giardini Pavilion Highlights from the 57th Venice Biennale Whitewall : 11 May 2017

JAPANESE PAVILION, Takahiro Iwasaki: Turned Upside Down, It's a ForestTakahiro Iwasaki has created a multifaceted spatial experience of viewing the Itsukushima Shrine located in Hiroshima, where the artist was born, raised, and continues to work. Viewers can see the site from the perspective of a bird, insect, or fish, skewing the perception of...

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QAGOMA secures major work by Lisa Reihana Related Video & Audio QAGOMA secures major work by Lisa Reihana QAGOMA : 4 October 2015

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) has announced the acquisition of the striking four-channel video work, in Pursuit of Venus [infected] 2015, following the success of the 2015 QAGOMA Foundation Appeal.The important work by renowned New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana offers a contemporary, creative response to the popular...

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