However Vase The Darkness - in Pursuit of Venus [infected] at John Curtin Gallery


10 February – 16 April 2023
Mon-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat / Sun 12pm-4pm
Perth Festival Saturdays 11,  18, 25 February 2023

John Curtin Gallery, Building 200A, Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley WA 6102



In recognition of our 25-year partnership with the Perth Festival and the Gallery’s 25th Anniversary, we are honoured to reprise Lisa Reihana’s outstanding cinematic masterpiece, In Pursuit of Venus [Infected], which was first shown here at the John Curtin Gallery during the 2018 Perth Festival.

The work redresses historical inaccuracies and cultural misrepresentation arising from imagery popularised in the decades following Captain Cook’s Pacific voyages in the late 18th Century.  The exhibition attracted huge audiences at the time and this magnificent work in particular embraces the Festival’s 2023 theme of Djinda (Stars).
About Perth Festival and John Curtin Gallery
The John Curtin Gallery marks its 25th anniversary – and longstanding partnership with Perth Festival – with the landmark event However vast the darkness… This compelling season of three interconnected projects offer deep reflection and forceful protest of the global inequities wrought by empire-building. However vast the darkness… showcases major installations across five galleries by Afghan artist Aziz Hazara and Aotearoa New Zealand’s Lisa Reihana alongside the major exhibition OCCURRENT AFFAIR by Brisbane based Aboriginal artist collective proppaNOW.
A Perth Festival event supported by Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts, and Lotterywest
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