A recent exhibition at the NGV aims to bring a bit of Pacific flavour to the Melbourne art scene. Showcasing 4 acclaimed Pacific artists, Greg Semu, Lisa Reihana, Robin White and Ruha Fifita, the exhibit gives Australians a glimpse into the history and culture of the Indigenous people of New Zealand, Tonga and the wider Pacific region.
We were lucky enough to chat with Greg Semu and get a full rundown on his most recent large scale photographic piece. The piece references and remixes two famous 19th century paintings; Charles Goldie’s ‘The arrival of the Maoris in New Zealand’ and Théodore Géricault’s ‘The Raft of the Medusa’. It required the participation of a whole Cook Island village and months of preproduction and planning – similar to the process of creating a short film. The piece is spectacularly displayed in backlit light boxes and has unearthly quality to it when viewed in real life. If you’re in Melbourne, and interested in Pacific culture, it’s definitely worth a visit.
View the full interview above.