QAGOMA acquires a major moving image work - Art Collector

Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus [infected] (still), 2015, Four-channel HD video, 32 minutes (looped), 5:1 Sound, colour, ed. 2/5 . Courtesy the artist and Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art

By Jessa Melicor

The Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) has announced the recent acquisition of New Zealand artist, Lisa Reihana's four-channel video work, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015, for its permanent collection. The acquisition was supported by the success of the 2015 QAGOMA Foundation Appeal.

In the work, Lisa Reihana creates an immersive 32 minute video work, which brings scenes from the historical 19th century, 20-panel panoramic wallpaper, Les Sauvages de la mer Pacifique c.1804 to life. The video work offers a contemporary response to colonial histories.

Chris Saines, QAGOMA Director said, ‘Lisa Reihana’s photography, film, animation and sound work make her one of the most accomplished multimedia artists of her generation, and place her among the region’s pre-eminent artists…in Pursuit of Venus [infected] could well be Reihana’s most highly developed and resolved work. It manages to be both hauntingly beautiful and endlessly evocative, while at the same moment re-exploring our colonial and post-colonial histories.’

in Pursuit of Venus [infected] will be on display at the Queensland Art Gallery until early 2016 alongside ‘The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art’ (APT8), opening 21 November 2015.
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