Lisa Reihana, in Pursuit of Venus [infected]


Curated by Erica Green

Thursday 28 February — Friday 5 April 2019

Open 10am — 5pm daily

The Adelaide//International is a new series of exhibitions for the 2019, 2020 and 2021 Adelaide Festivals, each comprising works by artists from Australia and overseas, along with associated forum programs.

In 2019, two Australian artists — Brook Andrew and Eugenia Lim — and two international — Lisa Reihana (New Zealand) and Ming Wong (Singapore) — will be featured in four distinct exhibitions exploring histories of migration, the impact of cultural exchange on communities and individuals, and questions of who holds the power of narration.

Lisa Reihana’s panoramic video in Pursuit of Venus [infected] was the most discussed and acclaimed work from the 2017 Venice Biennale and will be presented at its original extraordinary scale. Ming Wong turns a scene from Wong Kar-wai’s In the Mood for Love on its head with his playful In Love for the Mood, recasting a Caucasian actress in the pivotal lead roles, who falters through her inadequate grasp of Cantonese.

The 2019 exhibition also includes world premieres of work from Brook Andrew and Eugenia Lim, the latter of whom appears as the mysterious gold Mao-suited persona from her celebrated series The Ambassador. In contrast, Brook Andrew’s slightly unsettling installation aims to repair and broaden the representation of Aboriginal history.

This complementary quartet of work by four brilliant artists is not to be missed.


Adelaide//International Publication

Featuring essays by Erica Green, Georges Petitjean, Mikala Tai, Rhana Devenport and Siuli Tan.

READ: 2019 Adelaide//International Publication


Adelaide//International Forum

Saturday 2 March, 10am until late

Held on the opening weekend of the Adelaide Festival, the 2019 Adelaide//International Forum will provide a platform for debate on our changing and ever more connected world, and will feature a performance by Eugenia Lim. Click here for the schedule.


Adelaide//International Film Program

Ming Wong: In Love for the Mood is accompanied by a film program at Mercury Cinema. For session times and bookings see mercurycinema.org.au



Who holds the power of narration?

Tuesday 26 March, 5.30 — 6.30pm

Gillian Brown and Joanna Kitto look at the ways the artists of the Adelaide//International represent the impact of migration and cultural exchange.

ON ART is a series of public events developed for visual arts students, emerging practitioners and anyone interested in contemporary art.


The Adelaide//International is a Samstag Museum of Art initiative presented as part of the Adelaide Festival