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Lisa Reihana CNZM 

Born 1964, Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand. Māori: Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Hine, Ngāi Tūteauru, Ngāi Tūpoto. Lives and works in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland.

Pronouns: she/her


single-channel video, multi-layered audio,1/3, edition of 3 +1AP. 256:63

21:00 minutes


Commissioned with funds provided by the Art Gallery of New South Wales Foundation, Creative New Zealand and the following visionary donors: Anna Dudek and Brad Banducci, Simon Johnson and David Nichols, Michael Martin and Elizabeth Popovski, The Papas Family, Bill and Karen Robinson, Rae-ann Sinclair and Nigel Williams, and Jenny and Andrew Smith 2022. 

Lisa Reihana’s film GROUNDLOOP envisages a future sustained by First Nations technologies, cultural knowledge, kinship and care for Country. The film charts voyages across Te Tai-o-Rēhua (Tasman Sea) of encounters between Māori and First Nations people of so-called Australia. Reihana acknowledges the ocean as a bridge for ideas and people across time. 

GROUNDLOOP is set in an indeterminate future, and begins in the stratum of the Earth with a smoke signal, a call to connect with each other. Registering the elements of the land and seascape of Gadigal Country, the video work journeys across the seafloor to Hokianga-nui-a-Kupe (Hokianga Harbour), Reihana’s kāinga tupu (homeland). Heeding the invitation, an intergenerational group board a futurist waka hourua (double-hull canoe). Guided by ancestors, spirits and totems, they embark towards a glimmering Warrane (Sydney Cove), where native plants and the landscape make for futurist architectural marvels. 


GROUNDLOOP subverts concepts of time, drawing upon the Māori concept of ka mua ka muri—walking backwards into the future. Here, Reihana positions past and present Majority World encounters and relationships of reciprocity, projecting a future of hope and prosperity. 


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