Lisa Reihana | New Zealand b.1964 | Victor sitting (from 'Digital Marae' series) 2001 Digital colour print on crystal flex paper on aluminium ed. 4/5 | 200 x 120cm | Acc. 2010.123 | Gift of the artist 2010
New Zealand b.1964
Dandy (from ‘Digital Marae’ series) 2007
Digital colour print on crystal flex paper on aluminium ed. 2/5
200 x 120cm
Purchased 2008 with funds from the Estate of Vincent Stack through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation
Victor sitting (from 'Digital Marae' series) 2001
Lisa Reihana has played a pioneering role in the development of film and multimedia art in New Zealand by re-working Maori lore and oral history. Her ongoing series ‘Digital Marae’ (meeting place) depicts key Maori ancestors. In the most recent images, she places them alongside members of groups not often portrayed, such as the takataapui(the Maori cross-gender community). These intriguing portraits present male ancestors in various guises and associations. They range from the staunch masculinity of the demigod Maui, who surfs a silver wave, to the androgynous figure of Diva, from whose hand a tui bird flutters. In the work Victor sitting, the model Victor Biddle is dressed in nineteenth century garb, complete with knee-high riding boots, embroidered waist coat and wooden cane. He sits on a modernist chair. The figure appears to ‘float’ before a pitch-black background, with no context of land or sky evident. European settlement has come, but in Reihana’s marae Maori are still powerful and at ease straddling past and present.