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The James C. Sourris AM Collection.
Purchased 1999 with funds from James C. Sourris through the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation
In hyper girls, aspects of Ani O'Neill and Lisa Reihana's heritage - Cook Islander and Maori respectively - are juxtaposed with popular culture, fashion and design through a process of segmenting, or splitting the 'screen' into a fast moving display of sound and image.
These 'Pacific Sisters' are street-wise young women with a fresh and humorous take on contemporary life: 'Hyper Girls rock, Hyper Girls rule. They bridge the gap between international fashionalism & cultural ambassadors with a mere swoop of the mascara wand, secure in the knowledge that: brown is the new gold, girls are the next boys, and that a place in history is just a newsflash away.'(1)
1. O'Neill, Ani & Reihana, Lisa. [Artists' statement] to Anne Kirker, March 1999.
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