Cinemania: Lisa Reihana

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Campbelltown Arts Centre presents Cinemania, Lisa Reihana’s first ever Australian survey, showcasing three decades of video and photographic works and underscoring her international status as a pioneer of experimental video art and multimedia installations. Cinemania reveals the spectrum of Reihana’s practice – from early experimental works in digital video, to futuristic films, dystopian photography and immersive environments, and her most recent and ambitious work to date, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015-17.

Lisa Reihana is an artist of Māori (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāi Tu) and British descent who has helped forge the development of time-based art in Aotearoa New Zealand. She works across diverse media including digital video, film, photography, sound, performance, sculpture and design. Reihana assumes many roles in the production of her work, that of the artist as well as actor, filmmaker, photographer, director, historian and dramaturge. Her practice is driven by collaborative work with communities, described as kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face). Reihana’s works portray complex identities, breaking down one dimensional stereotypes. Cinemania traces Reihana’s ongoing preoccupation with identity and costume, life and death, conflation of time, interest in fictional and non-fictional characters and the creation of compelling ‘otherworlds’. Her works unpack complex ideas around Māori and transpacific identity through mythology and interrogate the colonial gaze, the fabrication of history and the representation of First Nations peoples.

Hardcover, 200 pages.


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