Lisa Reihana

Lisa Reihana, Ngāpuhi artist, Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa / New Zealand.

Titled The 21st Century Art Museum: Is Context Everything? the CIMAM 2019 Annual Conference took place 15-17 November in Sydney hosted by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

Day 2: Saturday 16 November
The Future of Collections


Lady Data Wrangler and the Wild West of pixels...

A rollicking insight into the perils new media artists face while chasing deadlines to install difficult works in museums of differing capabilities. Using iPOV and Nomads of the Sea as case studies, I will talk through the trials and tribulations of working with and archiving big data, and the accessioning of video art into collections in the continually shifting terrain of technology.


Lisa Reihana (Ngāpuhi) was born in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand in 1964. She holds a Masters in Design from Unitec Institute of Technology, and Bachelor of Fine Art, from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University. Reihana is at the forefront of lens based arts, and her work investigates Indigenous and feminist issues. Her solo exhibitions include Cinemania, Campbelltown Art Centre, Australia (2018); Lisa Reihana: Emissarie,s 57th La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (2017); In Pursuit of Venus [infected] Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, NZ (2015); Mai i te aroha, ko te aroha Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, NZ (2008); and Digital Marae, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, NZ (2007). Her work has featured in the Sharjah Biennale 14 Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah, UAE (2019); Adelaide/International Samstag Museum, Australia (2019), Oceania Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France (2019) and Royal Academy, London, England (2018); APT 9QAGOMA, Brisbane, Australia (2018); Pacific Sisters: Fashion Activists Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, NZ (2018); 1st Honolulu Biennial, Hawaii (2017); Tai Whetuki – House of Death Redux in The Walters Prize, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland, NZ (2016); Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada (2011); and Global Feminisms Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA (2007).
To acknowledge her contribution to art and culture, Reihana was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018. She lives and works in Auckland and actively participates in the stewardship of cultural and teaching institutions.