Lisa Reihana works on show at QVMAG
Nomads of the Sea (2018), Lisa Reihana. © the artist. Image courtesy of the artist & Sally Dan Cuthbert Gallery.
Work by multi-disciplinary New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana will be on display at the Queen Victoria Art Gallery at Royal Park from this weekend.
Reihana is recognised internationally for her multi-disciplinary works and has been featured in galleries spanning New York, Amsterdam, London, New Zealand and Australia.
Te Wai Ngunguru: Nomads of the sea explores reimagined narratives based on factual research and primary source material of Māori and South Pacific Islander culture and history.
Reihana’s work often employs performance, photography and installation as well as video and animation, which are often combined in works to create rich cinematic explorations.
In the immersive 3D installation of Te Wai Ngunguru: Nomads of the sea (2018), historical fact is weaved with fiction to explore the social tension between cultural leadership, spiritual custom and egotistical desire in the face of foreign political challenge in 1800s New Zealand.
Launceston Mayor Danny Gibson said it was great to welcome the work of such a widely recognised International artist to Launceston.
“To welcome this calibre of international work to the Art Gallery at Royal Park is a great outcome for our City, locals and visitors exploring northern Tasmania.” Cr Gibson said.
Creative Arts and Cultural Services General Manager Shane Fitzgerald said it was a brilliant to welcome the work of internationally recognised artist Reihana to Launceston.
“We’re focused on welcoming a diverse portfolio of exhibitions to northern Tasmania spanning local, national and international artists,” Fitzgerald said.
“This work is a thought-provoking and immersive installation that will captivate viewers while sharing the history of 1800s New Zealand.
“I encourage locals and visitors exploring Tasmania to make the most of this powerful work on display at the Art Gallery at Royal Park until 28 May.”
The opening of Reihana's work at the Art Gallery at Royal Park coincides with the launch of a new digital artwork series at QVMAG.
This series will see QVMAG commission three new digital artworks each year by local, national and international artists for display at the Art Gallery.
QVMAG is proud to display Te Wai Ngunguru: Nomads of the sea (2018) at QVMAG during the Ten Days on the Island 2023 festival of which with the City of Launceston is an event sponsor