The Royal Academy’s new exhibition Oceania opened with fanfare in London last week and amongst those welcomed were Milford Galleries artists Lisa Reihana and Yuki Kihara. Oceania is timed to coincide with the 250th anniversary year of the Royal Academy, which was founded in 1768 — the same year as Captain James Cook's first Endeavour expedition. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to see Kihara’s striking video work Siva in Motion (2012) as well as Reihana’s panoramic In Pursuit of Venus [infected] (2015-2017); both works consider the impacts of colonisation in the Pacific and explore the ways in which histories are created and manipulated. Shown alongside artworks gifted to and collected by British and French colonisers on their forays into the Pacific, the discussions they raise are pointed and timely.
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