Lisa Reihana is a Maori artist who has played a leading role in the development of film and multimedia art in Aotearoa, NZ. Her work demonstrates a keen interest to communicate complex ideas about Indigenous identity and bi-cultural living. Reihana’s desire to address and engage with contemporary experience through diverse media is expressed in installations that are collages drawn from eclectic sources. Her examination of cultural histories utilizes photography, sculpture and time-based arts. She represented New Zealand in Paradise Now? at the Asia Society Museum in New York; the 2000 Sydney Biennale, the Noumea Biennale (2002) and the Asia Pacific Triennial (1996 and 2003). The significant work Native Portraits was commissioned for the opening of Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, NZ, and has received much critical acclaim. Reihana has undertaken residencies at the Institute for Modern Art in Brisbane and at The Banff Centre. She was the Digital Artist-in-Residence at Waikato University in New Zealand (2006).
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Plug In ICA, 360 Portage