Joanna Margaret Paul

b. 1945

"New Zealander Joanna Margaret Paul’s films were made in relative artistic isolation from avant-garde film discourse in the mid-1970s, but are rooted in an acute feminist politics that focuses on concerns of shared female social spaces and everyday domestic situations." - Frieze Online (2016)

"All my films, poems, paintings play more or less between inner and outer events" - JMP, Cantrills Film Notes nos. 47,48. August 1985.

In 2015 Joanna Margaret Paul was the subject of two major projects commissioned by CIRCUIT which addressed her artistic legacy; Six artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul, in which contemporary New Zealand artists were asked by curators Solomon Nagler (CAN) and Mark Williams to respond to Paul's poems with a new film for cinema; Through a Different Lens/Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul, a compilation of Paul's own original film works curated by Peter Todd (UK).

CIRCUIT Resources

Essay by Alice Tappenden (2016)
Essay by Peter Todd (2015)
Podcast: Writing Women’s Experimental Film Histories with Lucy Reynolds, Charlotte Procter, Maud Jacqui, Mark Williams (2015)

CIRCUIT Projects

Through a Different Lens/Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul, curated by Peter Todd, various venues, New Zealand / Europe (2015)
Six artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul, curated by Solomon Nagler and Mark Williams, various venues, New Zealand / Europe (2015)
Joanna Margaret Paul: I am an open window, BFI London Film Festival (2015)

Selected Exhibitions & Screenings

2019
The Read Bird (solo), Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

2018
In This Sensual Music, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin
Through a Different Lens/Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul, Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle, UK / OFFoff, Ghent, Belgium
The Cinema Museum, London, UK

2017
Through a Different Lens/Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul, CINEINFINITO / ZUMZEIG CINE COOPERATIVA, Barcelona, Spain / Artist Film Workshop, Melbourne, Australia
Not Nostalgia, Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland
Six views of Rangitoto, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

2016
Light On Things, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

2015
Joanna Margaret Paul: I am an open window, London Film Festival, London, UK / Collectif jeune Cinema, Paris, France
Six artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul, various venues, New Zealand / Europe
Lunch Poems: Kate Newby and Joanna Margaret Paul, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
Thinking Feeling: Time-based works by Ziggy Lever and Joanna Margaret Paul, The Physics Room and RAMP Gallery, Hamilton
Picture/Poem: imagery of Cilla McQueen & Joanna Paul, Hocken Library, University of Otago, Dunedin

2013
Joanna Margaret Paul: Photographs 1976–1985, Robert Heald Gallery, Wellington

2010
Joanna Margaret Paul: The Colour of Candour, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

2009
Joanna Margaret Paul, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

2006
Joanna Margaret Paul: Drawing, Mahara Gallery and Whangarei Art Museum

2004–2005
Beauty, Even, City Gallery Wellington, Sarjeant Gallery and Rotorua Museum of Art and History