Industry leaders weigh in on which artists define the era
Having been a leader in the development of contemporary art and contemporary Māori art in Aotearoa New Zealand since the 1990s, Lisa Reihana has planted those interests firmly on the global stage with her work In Pursuit of Venus [infected] that evolved from a two-channel video in 2012 to the 60-foot-long hit of the 2017 Venice Biennale (Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, New Zealand). Through such persuasive storytelling and the groundbreaking use of highly sophisticated technology, she has both challenged outdated colonial views of the Pacific, and created new ways for artists to create in the coming decade.
—Michael Brand, director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales
Installation view of Lisa Reihana’s In Pursuit of Venus [infected] (2015-17).
Courtesy of Auckland Art Gallery.