Born 1964 Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Lives and works in
Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
Lisa Reihana’s innovative and pioneering practice crosses between performance, photography, installation and moving image, offering a fascinating and nuanced vision of Māori and South Pacific Islander peoples, culture and history. Reihana first came to international attention with her digital animations of the 1990s, and her large-scale photographs combined with video and sound in the early 2000s. These works often reimagined traditional or customary stories from a feminist and contemporary perspective. In her more recent work, Reihana has looked to representations of Pacific people in the arts and decorative arts during the era of European encounters and settlement. Collaborating and consulting with contemporary performers and artists enables her to upturn historical and colonial representations of Māori and Pacific peoples, conveying complex ideas about indigenous identity and bicultural life.