Lisa Reihana: in Pursuit of Venus is an exquisitely illustrated and designed exploration of a six-year project by one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading artists. Comprising 10 essays and a comprehensive interview with Lisa Reihana (Ngapuhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngati Tū), the book establishes the artistic and cultural contexts of in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015, traces the artist’s sources and inspiration and describes the work’s complex production.
Presented in an innovative, sympathetic design which combines 18th-century typographic sensibilities with contemporary and historic Māori and Pacific imagery, the texts provide the most detailed analysis of Reihana’s practice to date. The essays are supplemented by two beautiful plate sections that highlight the work’s key scenes and present stunning portraits of the main characters within them.
The accompanying essays are by Rhana Devenport, Anne Salmond, Vivienne Webb, Nicholas Thomas, Sean Cubitt, Sean Coyle, Deidre Brown, Caroline Vercoe, Sean Mallon, Geoffrey Batchen and Rereata Makiha.