Exhibition

From the shore

7 April – 21 July 2019

Māori filmmakers

From the Shore explores the influence of Māori filmmakers Barry Barclay and Merata Mita on a current generation of film artists.

About the exhibition

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.

From the Shore

Tanu Gago, Apparatus, film still, 2018

Listen to an interview by Kim Hill with curator, Ioana Gordon-Smith and Pataka Director, Reuben Friend.
Radio Waatea news mentions From The Shore here.

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.

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From the Shore is curated by loana Gordon-Smith for Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery

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