Māori Moving Image

Exhibition and publication identity 
184-page publication design

Māori Moving Image explores the history of Māori artists who have produced significant works using animation, film and video from the 1980s to today. The exhibition acts as a living archive, providing an opportunity to collect stories, forge new relationships and discover connections between artists.

From 16mm film to hand-drawn or digital animation, 4K video to phone recordings, technology has rapidly changed over the last forty years. Yet, Māori artists have continuously pushed the boundaries to portray complex ideas, lived experiences and radical hope through moving image; “conveying concepts of whakapapa, whenua and whanaungatanga, evocatively engaging and affecting audiences.”

First shown at The Dowse Art Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, exhibition curators Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi) and Melanie Oliver (Pākehā) acknowledge the forty-year history of Māori Moving Image by gathering together works indicative of an artist’s practice and engagement with the medium. While researching, they discovered there was little written about this part of Aotearoa’s art history. An accompanying publication to the exhibition aimed to further the discourse of this whakapapa and contribute to a growing body of knowledge about featured artists.

The publication includes documentation of significant works and exhibitions, alongside six artist interviews and several commissioned essays, the latter of which were translated into te reo Māori.

Exhibition Curators and Publication Editors Melanie Oliver and Bridget Reweti; Book Coordinator Sarah Pepperle; Writers Melanie Oliver, Bridget Reweti, Ariana Tikau, Matariki Williams, Dr Nina Tonga; with Māori translations by Paora Tibble.
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