Maori moving image ki Te Uru

Te Uru is delighted to present the latest iteration of Māori Moving Image. Examining photographs, texts and oral histories, the exhibition will portray the resilience and continuation of mātauranga Māori through a selection of moving image works by artists whose practices examine ‘the archive’.

First shown at The Dowse Art Museum and Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū in 2019, Māori Moving Image: An Open Archive explored the history of Māori artists who have used animation, film and video as a medium from the 1970s to today. Very much a living archive, this project is an opportunity to collect stories, create new relationships and find connections between artists. This project also follows Te Uru’s 2018 touring exhibition, From the Shore, which acknowledged pioneering indigenous filmmakers, Barry Barclay and Merata Mita, and their influence on contemporary moving image practice.

In this new iteration at Te Uru, curators Bridget Reweti (Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāi Te Rangi) and Melanie Oliver (Pākehā) will bring together new commissions from Ōtautahi based artist Nathan Pōhio (Waitaha, Kati Mamoe, Kai Tahu) and Te-Whanganui-a-Tara based artist Ana Iti (Te Rarawa) with a work from Tāmaki Makaurau based artist Jeremy Leatinu’u (Ngāti Maniapoto, Ngāti Hīmoa).

Bridget Reweti is currently the 2020-21 Frances Hodgkins Fellow based in Ōtepoti Dunedin. Melanie Oliver is curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū, where this iteration of Māori Moving Image will be shown at a later date.

Visitors will be able to view a small archive put together by the curators, which will sit alongside the exhibition.

Featuring: Ana Iti, Jeremy Leatinu’u and Nathan Pōhio
Curated by Bridget Reweti and Melanie Oliver

Image: Jeremy Leatinu’u, Mai i te kei o te waka ki te ihu o te waka 2018, video still.

12 June - 10 October 2021

Photos by Sam Hartnett

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Exhibition at The Dowse
Exhibition at Christchurch Art Gallery
Recent work by Ana Iti
Recent work by Nathan Pōhio (CIRCUIT)
Recent work by Jeremy Leatinu'u