Lisa Reihana (Ngãpuhi, Ngãti Hine, Ngãi Tū), Native Portraits is on view at Christchurch Art Gallery, New Zealand, until 26 January, 2020
Change to Come: 40 Years of Māori Artists and the Moving Image
‘Māori Moving Image’ reflects the depth and breadth of animation, film and video created by New Zealand’s Indigenous artists
Currently on show at Christchurch Art Gallery, ‘Māori Moving Image: An Open Archive’ is the second hang of an exhibition that originated at the Dowse Art Museum, organized by senior curator Melanie Oliver and artist and independent curator Bridget Reweti, who is of Ngāi Te Rangi and Ngāti Ranginui descent. Displayed en masse in this way, Māori moving-image practice makes a bold statement about the depth and breadth both of Māori experience and of Māori artists working in this medium. When I think of moving-image art, I think of the commitment viewers undertake to watch a work to the end. With Māori moving-image art, however, there is another, more specific, form of endurance to consider: the constant agitation for recognition of what Māori peoples have suffered by subsequent colonial settler governments. An experience that is analogous for many other Indigenous peoples across the world.....