The visual arts centrepiece of Ten Days on the Island 2019 is the epic creation of leading Māori artist Lisa Reihana, a monumental contemporary masterpiece sought after by galleries around the world. Over 10 years in the making, in Pursuit of Venus [infected] was New Zealand’s entry to the 2017 Venice Biennale.
Reihana’s magnificent 17 metre, hour long video work juxtaposes idyllic island landscapes with imagined first encounters between Captain Cook’s colonising officers, sailors and traders, and the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific, New Zealand and Australia. This powerful, thought-provoking ‘counter-colonial’ diorama coincides with the 250th anniversary of Cook’s Pacific expeditions.
Tasmanian audiences can experience in Pursuit of Venus [infected] exclusively in Burnie, where it will be spectacularly installed in one of Tasmania’s most iconic industrial buildings – the former Australian Pulp and Paper Mill on the Bass Highway.