Wall One commences with the lenticular photograph of New Zealand’s next Venice Biennale representative Yuki Kihara. This immersive work talks to the considerable cultural connections between Ngati Kahungunu of Hawkes Bay and Samoa which first began with the Takitimu canoe voyage from there.
, Houngarea Marae, Pakipaki
lenticular print, edition 3/5 + 2 AP
frame: 1097 x 1533 x 60 mm
Lisa Reihana’s master of the night sky Ranganui (2007) from the important Digital Marae series complements the deceptive depths, infinite darkness and flounder pattern of current Wallace Premier Prize recipient Robert Jahnke’s neon Navarra Patiki Ma (2014).
crystal flex on aluminium, edition 4/5
panel: 2000 x 1200 x 28 mm
Robert Jahnke, Navarra Patiki Ma (2014)
wood, paint, neon, one way glass, mirror, electricity
size on wall: 1463 x 1465 x 137 mm
Omai and Obeera / Hawaiian Hula / Chiefly Pursuits (2017) reminds us why Lisa Reihana has been identified as one of the most influential artists of the decade (by Michael Brand, Director, Art Gallery of New South Wales, in Artnet News) (1). Drawn from the internationally acclaimed In Pursuit of Venus video, acknowledged as the single most important work of New Zealand art this century, Reihana constructs a redolent, multi-layered, day in Pacific history.
, Omai and Obeera / Hawaiian Hula /
Chiefly Pursuits (00000 / 00525)
pigment print on paper, mounted on aluminium dibond
behind acrylic glass, panel: 762 x 2137 x 6 mm
Yuki Kihara’s Mass Grave, Viamoso (2013/14) places Salome (a constant figure in Kihara’s oeuvre) wearing a Victorian mourning dress at the mass grave site of Samoa’s 1918 influenza epidemic. This significant work has special poignancy in the context of the recent measles epidemic and the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Yuki Kihara, Mass Grave, Vaimoso (2013/14)
pigment print on paper, edition 1/2 + 1 AP
frame: 1438 x 1929 x 60 mm
1. Artnet News, 23 December, 2019. https://news.artnet.com/art-world/most-influential-artist-of-the-decade-1728387 (Accessed 14/04/20)