Widely acclaimed as the standout exhibition from the 2017 Venice Biennale, Lisa Reihana: Emissaries comes to Western Australia for the Perth Festival 2018. In Lisa Reihana: Emissaries, imperialism’s gaze is returned with a speculative twist that disrupts notions of beauty, authenticity, history and myth. The exhibition unravels enlightenment ideals, cartographic and scientific endeavour, and the raw, ever-present impulses of expansionism, power and desire. Featuring the artist’s vast panoramic video in Pursuit of Venus [infected], 2015-17, alongside interrelated photo-based and sculptural works. The exhibition celebrates the John Curtin Gallery’s 20th Anniversary since opening on Curtin University’s Bentley campus in 1998 as Australia’s largest University Art Museum. It will be supported by a public program that includes artists floor talks and public lectures by celebrated scientists Professor Steven Tingay, Director of Curtin’s Institute for Radio Astronomy and Professor Kingsley Dixon, Botanist and 2016 WA Scientist of the Year.