QVMAG in association with Ten Days on the Island presents
NOMADS OF THE SEA
By Lisa Reihana
Aotearoa New Zealand
North + North East
3 MAR – 28 MAY
10AM – 4PM
Visual Content Rating
This work is mostly visual, with some sound elements.
This venue is wheelchair accessible. Please refer to the below ‘Level Access’ for further notes on wheelchair accessibility.
An accessible bathroom is available at this venue.
This venue can be navigated without encountering any steps. A ramp is provided at the Wellington Street entrance to this venue and an elevator is available within the building to access all levels.
More information on QVMAG, Royal Park here.
Suitable for all ages
This work contains adult themes and firearms
No flash photography
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Nomads of the Sea weaves historical fact with speculative fiction to explore the social tension between cultural leadership, spiritual custom and egotistical desire in the face of foreign political challenge in 1800’s Aotearoa New Zealand.
In this immersive video installation we learn of Charlotte Badger, a pakeha (Western) woman who is embroiled in a mutiny, stealing a vessel that sails from Takina/Port Dalrymple in Lutruwita/Tasmania to the Bay of Islands in Aotearoa New Zealand. A Māori Chief welcomes the fugitive Charlotte into his tribal homelands under his protection, thereby upsetting the traditional role of women in Aotearoa as the matriarchs, owners of property and spiritual custodians.
Puhi, a proud woman of Ngā Puhi descent becomes jealous of Charlotte’s rising status. Charlotte’s presence introduces the concept of material wealth and the spoils of England and draws parallels between the worth of foreigners and trade. This work explores the cultural circumstances for women at this time, contrasting European law with Māori culture and morality.
Lisa Reihana is a distinguished international figure in the field of digital arts whose large-scale video installation in Pursuit of Venus [infected], represented Aotearoa New Zealand at the Venice Biennale in 2017.
Puhi: Te Puawaitanga Winterburn
Charlotte Badger: Liz Kirkman
Huri-Waka: Eds Eramiha
Hine: Ihaia Chapman Rangiheuea
Sailor: James Pinker
Ena: Suzanne Tamaki
Written & Directed by Lisa Reihana
Producers: Lisa Reihana, Selina Joe, Whetu Fala and James Pinker
IN CONVERSATION: LYNETTE WALLWORTH, LISA REIHANA & LINDY HUME
11 MAR SAT 3PM
QVMAG, ROYAL PARK, LAUNCESTON
Image Credit: Courtesy of the artist & Sally Dan Cuthbert Gallery