O'NEILL, Ani; hyper girls
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.