We start by reminding ourselves of Barclay and Mita's films, with a short highlights reel of their works and interviews with them. Over 4 galleries, view the works of contemporary Māori filmmakers on screens big and small. Featuring work by Tanu Gago, Robert George, Tracey Moffatt, Nova Paul, Lisa Reihana and Tuafale Tanoa’i, aka Linda T.
Barclay and Mita were forerunners in making films by Māori, about Māori, for Māori. Through their work in film, television and writing, Barclay and Mita set out some core concerns of indigenous filmmaking internationally, ranging from control over production through to community-based models of filming and upending technical conventions, such as staged interviews.
From the Shore brings together contemporary works that echo Barclay and Mita’s strategies and philosophies. The exhibition takes its title from Barclay’s metaphor of indigenous cinema as ‘a camera on the shore’ that reverses the direction of the colonial gaze.
You might also be interested in Māori Moving Image: An Open Archive , an exhibition that explores the histories of Māori artist moving image from the 1970s to today. Curated by Bridget Reweti and Melanie Oliver, it’s on at The Dowse Art Museum, 30 March – 21 July.