Imperialism’s gaze is returned with a speculative twist that disrupts notions of beauty, authenticity, history and myth in Emissaries.

Lisa Reihana’s vast panoramic video in Pursuit of Venus [infected] is a cinematic re-imagining of the Neoclassical French scenic wallpaper Les Sauvages De La Mer Pacifique, created in 1805 and well known as ‘Captain Cook’s voyages’. Critically acclaimed as one of the most memorable projects from the 2017 Venice Biennale, Reihana’s monumental video unravels Enlightenment ideals, cartographic and scientific endeavour, and the raw, ever-present impulses of expansionism, power and desire.

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