Colonialism revisited

The steamroller ethos adopted by European colonialists, and their denigration of other cultures, particularly from the 3rd World, is the theme of a video work by New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana.

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August 8, 2019 11:04
Colonialism revisited

MULTIDISCIPLINARY NEW ZEALAND Maori artist Lisa Reinhana has gained global acclaim for her enlightening video work in 'In Pursuit of Venus [infected].'. (photo credit: LISA REINHANA)

In this post-modern world of ours, it seems nothing is taken for granted. That is probably a good thing generally – and in particular when it comes to historical injustices perpetrated when the world was a more naïve place, and the imperial powers basically acted as they pleased.

The steamroller ethos adopted by European colonialists, and their denigration of other cultures, particularly from what came to be known as the Third World, is the principal theme of a beguiling video work by New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana. Lisa is a multidisciplinary artist whose vast oeuvre takes in film, sculpture, costume and body adornment, text and photography. Much of the aforementioned comes into play in the generously proportioned video installation In Pursuit of Venus [infected], which opened at the Israel Museum a couple of weeks ago, curated by Dorit Shafir, and will run through until December 19.

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