Lisa Reihana: He Wai Ngunguru - Nomads of the Sea

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Lisa Reihana the pioneering moving image and digital media artist will present He Wai Ngunguru - Nomads of the Sea, at The Wairau Māori Art Gallery this Matariki 14 July – 5 November.

This highly anticipated exhibition will be the artist’s first solo in Northland and the first solo show from a female artist at the Whagārei based Gallery. He Wai Ngunguru is a dynamic moving image installation that weaves history and storytelling to explore the challenges of cultural leadership, spiritual traditions and gender values in 19th-century New Zealand.

This exhibition celebrates the Matariki season and is open to the public in time for the public holiday. The centrepiece of the exhibition is "He Wai Ngunguru - Nomads of the Sea" (2019), a captivating video installation that intertwines fact and fiction. It delves into the complex social dynamics of 19th-century New Zealand, highlighting the interplay between Pakeha settler Charlotte Badger and Ngāpuhi descendant Puhi, challenging traditional gender roles and examining power dynamics.

Lisa Reihana's ground-breaking contribution has helped shape New Zealand's video, film, and moving image landscape within the visual arts. Her work has inspired a new generation of Māori digital media artists, making a significant impact on contemporary Māori art. Don't miss the opportunity to experience Lisa Reihana's brilliant artistry.

How to Find Us

Wairau Māori Art Gallery, Whangarei

Event Dates

Sunday 24 September 2023 - Sunday 5 November 2023 10:00AM - 04:00PM