NEW ZEALAND AT VENICE

ARSENALE - TESE DELL'ISOLOTTO

May 13 - November 26      2017

The Arts Council of Creative New Zealand Toi Aotearoa is proud to present Lisa Reihana as New Zealand’s artist for the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia.

“La Biennale di Venezia represents an incomparable opportunity for New Zealand artists to show their work on the world stage. It is the world’s largest and most prestigious international contemporary art exhibition, attended by key curators, writers, collectors and attracting enormous public interest.”
– Arts Council Chairman, Dr Dick Grant
in Pursuit of Venus [infected] has already captured a huge New Zealand audience and international attention with its sensuous reimagining of people, place and time. In Venice in 2017 Lisa Reihana will present a further evolution of her vast and beguiling vision, with new accompanying work. The exhibition will be irresistible.”
– Commissioner, Alastair Carruthers

Artist profile - Lisa Reihana

Lisa Reihana (b. 1964) lives and works in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Reihana (Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāi Tu) is at the forefront of experimentation and has helped forge time-based and media art in Aotearoa New Zealand. Her technically ambitious and poetically nuanced work disrupts gender, time, power and representational norms. Reihana’s work spans film, sound, photography, spatial design, live-action, costume and sculptural form. Her art making is driven by a powerful connection to community which informs her collaborative working method described as kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face).
Her work has featured in significant museums and major exhibition projects including Global Feminisms at Brooklyn Museum, the Yinchuan Biennial, the Havana Biennial, the Noumea Biennale, the Liverpool Biennial, the Adelaide International at Samstag Museum, the 12th Biennale of Sydney, the 2nd Auckland Triennial at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, the 2nd and 4th Asia Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific at Asia Society Museum, New York, Suspended Histories at Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, imagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, Toronto, The Trickster at Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, South Korea, and Toi Toi Toi at Museum Fridericianum, Kassel. Reihana’s work was recently included in the inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017, a multi-site, contemporary visual arts festival.
Reihana has undertaken numerous international residencies and commissions, was made an Arts Laureate by the New Zealand Arts Foundation in 2014, and received the Te Tohu Toi Kē Te Waka Toi Māori Arts Innovation Award from Creative New Zealand.
She was shortlisted for the Signature Art Prize at the Singapore Art Museum in 2014 for in Pursuit of Venus; as well as for Double Take, the Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2009 and The Walters Prize at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki in 2008, both for Digital Marae. She was shortlisted for The Walters Prize 2016 for in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015. Reihana was named a 2017 Distinguished Alumni by the University of Auckland, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the field of fine arts.
Reihana completed a Masters in Design from the School of Visual Art and Design, Unitec in Auckland in 2014 and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1987.

Artist profile - Lisa Reihana

Lisa Reihana (b. 1964) lives and works in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.
Reihana’s work has featured in significant museums and major exhibition projects including Global Feminisms at Brooklyn Museum; the Havana Biennale; the Noumea Biennale; the Liverpool Biennale; the International Arts Festival at Samstag Museum, Adelaide; the 12th Biennale of Sydney; the Auckland Triennial at Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki; the 2nd and 4th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art at Queensland Art Gallery I Gallery of Modern Art; Paradise Now? Contemporary Art from the Pacific at Asia Society Museum, New York; the Amsterdam Film + Media Arts Festival; imagineNATIVE, New Media & Film Festival Toronto; The Trickster at Gyeonggi Museum of Modern Art, South Korea; and Toi Toi Toi at Museum Fridericianum, Kassel.
She has undertaken numerous international residencies and commissions, was made an Arts Laureate by the New Zealand Arts Foundation in 2014, and received the Te Tohu Toi Ke Te Waka Toi Maori Arts Innovation Award from Creative New Zealand.
Reihana was shortlisted for the Signature Art Prize at the Singapore Art Museum in 2014 for in Pursuit of Venus. She was also shortlisted for the Double Take Anne Landa Award, Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2009 and the Walters Prize 2008 at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki for Digital Marae. She has recently been shortlisted for the Walters Prize 2016 for in Pursuit of Venus [infected].
She completed a Masters in Design from the School of Visual Art and Design, Unitec in Auckland in 2014 and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1987.

Lisa Reihana: Emissaries

Pavilion: Arsenale

Tese Dell'Isolotto (Arsenale di Venezia)

In 2017 the New Zealand pavilion will be in the Tese dell'Isolotto. An historic naval warehouse and one of the oldest buildings in the Arsenale, the pavilion is located in the historic shipyard of Venice where in the past ocean-ready sailing vessels were built at a rate of one per day and still operates as a naval basin.
This is the first time the New Zealand pavilion has been within the Arsenale, one of La Biennale di Venezia’s official exhibition areas. Many permanent national pavilions and part of the curated exhibition are located in the Arsenale.
 

Getting there:

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Vaporetto

ACTV lines 1 and 4.1 to Arsenale stop.
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Walking

Tese dell'Isolotto is located at the end of Artiglierie in the Isolotto grouping, alongside the lagoon and near the 19th century hydraulic crane.

May 13th to November 26th, 2017

Giardini and Arsenale closed on Mondays (except May 15th, August 14th, September 4th, October 30th, and November 20th, 2017)

Opening hours

Giardini from 10.00am to 6.00pm
Arsenale from 10.00am to 6.00pm (from 10.00 to 8.00pm on Fridays and Saturdays from May 13th until September 30th only)

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The Project Team

Team Members

Senior Manager

Cath Cardiff

Creative New Zealand,
Arts Council of New Zealand
Toi Aotearoa

Project Co-ordinator

Cassandra Wilson

Creative New Zealand,
Arts Council of New Zealand
Toi Aotearoa

Pouarahi Toi, Tikanga Maori

Haniko Te Kurapa

Creative New Zealand,
Arts Council of New Zealand
Toi Aotearoa

Communications

Helen Isbister, Sarah Pomeroy, Jasmyne Chung, Matt Allen

Creative New Zealand,
Arts Council of New Zealand
Toi Aotearoa

Business Service Team

Angus Evison, Jacqui Cummack, Paul Dow

Creative New Zealand,
Arts Council of New Zealand
Toi Aotearoa


Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki Representatives

Rhana Devenport, Scott Everson, Andrew Davidson, Rachel Walmsley, Catherine Hammond, Clare McIntosh

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Representatives

Charlotte Davy, Sarah Farrar and Megan Tamati-Quennell

Venice Exhibition Manager

Diego Carpentiero

Assistant to Venice Exhibition Manager

Simone Birač

Technical Adviser

Tim Gruchy

Sound Designer

James Pinker


Publication Team

Publication management

Catherine Hammond

Printer

Australian Book Connection

Publisher

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Curatorial Intern

Ngahuia Raima Harrison

With special thanks to Mossgreen-Webb's

in Pursuit of Venus [infected] Team

With special thanks to Park Road Post Production, ArtProjects, and Campbelltown Arts Centre

Partners and Sponsors

Project Leader

Arts Council New Zeland Toi Aotearoa

Key Partner

Te Papa Our Place

Presenting Partner

Auckland Art Gallery Toi Tamaki

Supporting Sponsor

Allpress Espresso

Supporting Sponsor

Estate Black

Hospitality Sponsor

Estate Black

For more details contact Leigh Melville:

+64 (021) 406 678 or leigh@artandobject.co.nz

For more details contact Leigh Melville:

+64 (021) 406 678 or leigh@artandobject.co.nz

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the
NZ at Venice Patrons

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the NZ at Venice Patrons