- The Times (UK)
‘This ambitious, riveting animated sequence deserves to be recognised as one of the key artworks of recent years.’
Presented in association with the John Curtin Gallery
Imperialism’s gaze is returned with a speculative twist that disrupts notions of beauty, authenticity, history and myth in Emissaries.
Lisa Reihana’s vast panoramic video in Pursuit of Venus [infected] is a cinematic re-imagining of the Neoclassical French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages De La Mer Pacifique, created in 1805 and well known as ‘Captain Cook’s voyages’. Critically acclaimed as one of the most memorable projects from the 2017 Venice Biennale, Reihana’s monumental video unravels Enlightenment ideals, cartographic and scientific endeavour, and the raw, ever-present impulses of expansionism, power and desire.
Image 1: Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus [infected] (detail), 2015–17, ultra UHD video, colour, sound, 64mins. Courtesy the artist and New Zealand at Venice.
Sunday 4 February 2 – 3pm
Join Lisa Reihana in the Gallery as she talks about the genesis of in Pursuit of Venus [infected].
Wednesday 7 February 12.30 – 1.30pm
Lisa Reihana & James Pinker
Lisa Reihana and her collaborating partner James Pinker, discuss how in Pursuit of Venus [infected] was originally created in 2015 and subsequently modified and expanded in 2016/17 for the Venice Biennale exhibition Lisa Reihana: Emissaries.
Free Parking on weekends. Refreshments served.
WEDNESDAY FLOOR TALKS
12.30 – 1.30pm at the John Curtin Gallery
14 March Professor Jane Lydon, Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History, UWA
What if? Re-imagining Pacific Encounters
28 March Professor Deborah Gare, School of Arts and Sciences, Notre Dame University
11 April Professor Steven Tingay, Exec. Director, Curtin Institute for Radio Astronomy
In Pursuit of Venus: Polynesian and Western Science
18 April Professor Kingsley Dixon, John Curtin Distinguished Professor
Beyond Banks – botanising the Great South Land