Lisa Reihana premieres her immersive 3D installation, Te Wai Ngunguru – Nomads of the Sea


Pātaka is delighted to present Te Wai Ngunguru – Nomads of the Sea, an immersive 3D installation by Lisa Reihana that explores social tensions in 1800s Aotearoa New Zealand.  In the work, Reihana reimagines the nomadic life of a British convict, Charlotte Badger.

It begins with her sea voyage in 1804 when on arrival in Aotearoa, she is protected by a Ngā Puhi chief. 

Nomads of the Sea will open alongside the Te Papa season of In Pursuit of Venus and New Histories, and Reihana’s Kura Moana series of site-specific works, for the 2022 Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts. 

Together, these four projects represent the largest survey of Reihana’s moving image and installation works to date.

Following on from Reihana’s acclaimed survey, Cinemania at Campbelltown Art Centre as part of the 2018 Sydney Festival programme, Nomads of the Sea presents works made over the last 15 years.

The exhibition focuses on Reihana’s distinctive exploration of large-scale, immersive installations and offers insight into her weaving together numerous threads of kōrero; from museology, archives and historical accounts, to pūrakau Māori, whakapapa and Māori belief systems. 

Pātaka’s exhibition is the Aotearoa premiere of Te Wai Ngunguru – Nomads of the Sea (2019), previously exhibited in NIRIN, the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020). 

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