‘...If there is any Maori philosophy that I work with more than any other, it is that sense of community. I love people and the notion of community, friends and places to come together, so I utilise my work, digital and actual, to play around with that idea.'

Lisa Reihana is a multi-disciplinary artist of Maori (Nga Puhi) descent who has contributed in powerful ways to multimedia, photography, sculpture and screen culture in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Reihana has earned an outstanding reputation as an artist, producer and cultural interlocutor of tremendous generosity and intelligence. Her attention to the complexities of contemporary photographic and filmic languages is expressed in myriad ways. Her ability to harness and manipulate seductively high production values is often expressed through portraiture and cinematic realms where the artist often enlists family and friends as models.

Reihana has an extensive exhibition history including her solo exhibition Native Portraits at MLAC, Italy, Global Feminisms, Brooklyn Museum; the Asia-Pacific Triennial, Queensland Art Gallery, Australia; the Liverpool Biennale, UK; Pasifika Styles, Cambridge, UK. Digital Marae shown at Govett-Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth 2007 was shortlisted for the Walters Prize 2008 and Anne Landa Art Award, AGNSW, Sydney. Digital Marae 2001- employs large scale photography, short videos and aural soundscapes to create an environment which is a culturally rich meditation on Maori in modern times. This work has been shown extensively and continues to garner international renown. The complex works comprising Mai i te aroha, ko te aroha [From love, comes love] 2008 commissioned by Te Papa Tongarewa include multi-screen videos, sculpture and textiles.

Kupenga Design [Lisa Reihana + Henriatta Nicholas] were awarded the VPT Maori Commissions with in Auckland, Reihana completed the Public Art Commission Rangimarie Last Dance at Q Theatre in 2011. The Matariki outdoor projections - Whetu i te rangi were awarded to Reihana in 2010, and were screened at Corbans Estate and Bruce Mason Theatre.

Reihana's work is held in private and public collections including Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington; Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland; Australia National Gallery, Canberra; Staatliche Museum, Berlin; Susan O'Connor Foundation, Texas and Brooklyn Museum, New York. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University and a Masters in Design from UNITEC School of Visual Art and Design. 



Lisa Reihana talks about her work 'Colour of Sin: HeadCase Version' (2005), an audio installation created inside 1970s hair dryers.


Images from 'Colour of Sin: HeadCase Version' (2005), an audio installation created inside 1970s hair dryers.
A collection of images from Let there be light.
Medium: Single channel video, standard definition (SD), 4:3, colour, stereo sound
An major ongoing project, Digital marae, from 2001, explores haunting images that represent Maori ancestral figures within a wider consideration of the wharenui, the physical structure of the meeting house.
BFA, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University
Australian Centre for Photography Artist in Residence Sydney, Australia
Trustbank Canterbury Artist in Residence Christchurch Arts Centre, NZ
Commission: Native Portraits Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, NZ
Solo Exhibition: reihanamations films Adelaide Biennale: Adelaide, Australia
Solo Exhibition: flight Cuckoo Project Dunedin Public Art Gallery: Dunedin, NZ Solo Exhibition: pancake ASA Gallery: Auckland, NZ
Communion & Other Conversations Residency Banff New Media Centre: Banff, Canada Solo Exhibition: Digital Marae Dowse Museum: Lower Hutt; Whangarei Art Museum, NZ Institute of Modern Art Artist in Residence Brisbane, Australia Solo Exhibition: Readymade Institute of Modern Art: Brisbane, Australia
Mediarena - Contemporary art from Japan Art Documentary 23 min Writer / Director Solo Exhibition: 2004 the colour of sin Ramp Gallery: Hamilton, NZ
Solo Exhibition: New Works Adam Art Gallery: Wellington, NZ Public Art Cultural Icons Art Documentary 40 min Artsville, TVNZ Writer / Director
Curator: Restless Moving Image Centre: Auckland, NZ Digital Artist in Residence Waikato University, NZ Solo Exhibition: Some Girls + Colour of Sin Snowhite Gallery: Auckland, NZ Solo Exhibition: Tamaki of 100 Suitors ‘5-4-3-2-1' Auckland Art Gallery: Auckland, NZ
Solo Exhibition: Digital Marae Govett Brewster Art Gallery: New Plymouth, NZ Solo Exhibition: Native Portraits Museo Laboratoriao Arte Contemporanea: Rome, Italy
Curator: Purapurawhetu Snowhite Gallery: Auckland, NZ Curator: Sacred Marks, Samoan Styles Snowhite Gallery: Auckland, NZ Commission: Mai I te aroha, ko te aroha Te Ara a Hine: Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, NZ Solo Exhibition: Mai i te aroha, ko te aroha Te Papa: Wellington, NZ Shortlisted for the Walters Prize and Anne Landa Art Award, AGNSW, Sydney
McCahon Artist in Residence Auckland, NZ SCANZ Digital Artist in Residence New Plymouth, NZ
Commission: Kupenga Victoria Park Tunnel: Te To Bridge, Victoria Park & Motorway designs Auckland, NZ Solo Exhibition: Te Po o Matariki Toi Whenua commission: Corbans Estate; Bruce Mason Theatre, NZ
Curator: Upstream Midstream Downstream Snowhite Gallery: Auckland, NZ Commission: Rangimarie Last Dance Q Theatre: Auckland, NZ
Curator: Colour Renders Broadside Billboard Unitec: Auckland, NZ Solo Exhibition: Nga Hau e wha Papakura Art Gallery: Auckland, NZ Solo Exhibition: PELT Fehily Contemporary: Melbourne, Australia
Solo Exhibition: in Pursuit of Venus A-Space Gallery: Toronto, Canada Montalvo Artist in Residence California, USA
MDES UNITEC School of Visual Art and Design Arts Foundation Laureate Award