On May 10th Lisa Reihana’s Emissaries opened at the Venice Biennale to popular and critical acclaim. Since its inception in 1895, La Biennale di Venezia has been recognised as one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world.
Emissaries is a filmic re-imagining of the twenty-panel, neo-classical French wallpaper, Les Sauvages De La Mer Pacifique. Over eight years Lisa developed and expanded the original In Pursuit of Venus to the 32 minute-long, 25 m by 4 m fully immersive video installation now showing in Venice.
Emissaries challenges historical and contemporary stereotypes, it returns the gaze of imperialism with a speculative twist that disrupts notions of beauty, authenticity, history and myth. Enlivened with the sights and sounds of dance and cultural ceremonies, a vast video panorama is populated by a myriad of people drawn from across New Zealand and the Pacific.
Milford Galleries Dunedin is in the privileged and unique position to be able to offer works taken from Reihana’s Emissaries in July; details are under wraps at present, but register your interest with us now.