Samstag Museum of Art announces a new series of exhibitions for the Adelaide Festival

Samstag Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], (still), 2015–17Featuring prominent contemporary artists from Australia and overseas, Samstag Museum of Art has announced a new series of exhibitions in March for the Adelaide Festival, Adelaide//International.

In 2019, Adelaide//International will present four artists – Brook Andrew and Eugenia Lim, both from Australia, Lisa Reihana (New Zealand) and Ming Wong (Singapore) – in four distinct exhibitions that thoughtfully touch upon issues of historical and contemporary migration, cultural exchange, and the impact of stereotyping upon identity.

Lisa Reihana’s panoramic video in Pursuit of Venus [infected] was the most acclaimed work from the 2017 Venice Biennale and will be presented in its complete original form and extraordinary scale. In his playful work of cultural dislocation, In Love for the Mood, Ming Wong recasts a scene from Wong Kar-wai’s iconic film In the Mood for Love, presenting a hapless Caucasian actress who struggles to render her script in Cantonese, Italian and English.

The 2019 Adelaide//International will also include premieres from Brook Andrew and Eugenia Lim – the latter of whom appears as the gold-Mao-suited persona from her celebrated series The Ambassador. Meanwhile, Brook Andrew’s somewhat-unsettling installation aims to broaden and repair the representation of Aboriginal history.

“This quartet of work by four brilliant, inspired artists reanimates Samstag’s engagement with ambitious contemporary art at the international cutting edge, and is not to be missed,” said Erica Green, Director Samstag Museum of Art.

The Adelaide//International opens Thursday 28 February and runs through t0 Friday 5 April 2019 – it will be accompanied by a series of public programs on Saturday 2 March – the opening weekend of the Adelaide Festival. For more information, visit: www.unisa.edu.au for details.

Image: Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus [infected], (still), 2015–17, multi-channel Ultra HD digital video, 7.1 sound, 64 min. Image courtesy of the artist and Artprojects, New Zealand at Venice, Creative New Zealand, NZ at Venice Patrons and Partner.

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