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Lisa Reihana: Extrait d'Image (2017)

Lisa Reihana: Extrait d'Image (2017)

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  • Sat 15 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 17 Jul ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 18 Jul ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 19 Jul ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
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  • Mon 24 Jul ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
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  • Wed 26 Jul ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 27 Jul ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 28 Jul ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 29 Jul ’17, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Mon 31 Jul ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 1 Aug ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 2 Aug ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Thu 3 Aug ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Fri 4 Aug ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Sat 5 Aug ’17, 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Sun 6 Aug ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Mon 7 Aug ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Tue 8 Aug ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wed 9 Aug ’17, 9:00am – 5:00pm
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Milford Galleries Dunedin, 18 Dowling St, Dunedin Show map


All Ages

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  • Free Admission

The still images in Extrait d’Image are moments in time chosen by Lisa Reihana from her acclaimed video work In Pursuit of Venus (infected), which was reimagined for Emissaries, New Zealand’s pavilion at the 2017 Venice Biennale.

The Royal Academy of Arts listed the work as one of “ten highlights of this year’s contemporary art spectacular” and the Times UK declared “The best artwork at the Biennale? That will be Lisa Reihana’s In Pursuit of Venus”.

Reihana confronts colonial narratives with a critical eye and re-presents the histories of European expansion into the Pacific. Interweaving fact and fiction, Reihana considers how knowledge acquires veracity based on a hegemonic epistemological foundation: she asks not only whose truth has been accorded prominence but why this has been the case.

Taken from the 64-minute digital artwork, Extrait d’Image references Reihana’s original inspiration for the project, the 19th-century French wallpaper Les Sauvages de la Mer Pacifique, illustrated by Jean-Gabriel Charvet. The wallpaper presented a mythologised Pacific; it was “part instructive, part entertainment, and utterly reflective of its time: the ideological aspirations of Enlightenment thought and the Age of Reason”.

Reihana has literally ‘re-figured’ the subjects of the artworks. Created using state of the art technology, the luminosity of the images gives them a sense of immediacy; they seem only momentarily still, reinforcing the part they play in a larger whole.

By removing the scenes from the unending, cyclical video work, Reihana deliberately raises once more questions of what is included and what is excluded in historical memories. The act of choosing singular scenes for Extrait d’Image, reminds the viewer that the artist too is an unreliable narrator, and the stories her images tell are part of a much larger cultural past and present.

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