Joanna Margaret Paul

b. 1945

"Joanna Margaret Paul's experimental films are cine-poems: silent meditative studies of environments and/or the people within them. Martin Rumsby has described Paul's film work as 'domestic portraiture'. "Her camera - often still, albeit with a hand-held shiver, sometimes in motion - records moving images that others would deem unimportant; cracks ina concrete wall, a dilapidated building, a womans hands ironing. The films are a document of everyday life through the eye of an artist" - Kathy Dudding.

"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.

Other Resources
An essay on Joanna Paul's work by Peter Todd can be found here.
Writing Women's Experimental Film Histories, a panel discussion from the 2015 London Film Festival 
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Selected Exhibitions
2018 In This Sensual Music, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

Not Nostalgia, Bowerbank Ninow, Auckland
Six views of Rangitoto, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

2016 Light On Things, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

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

1995 The Figured Landscape, City Gallery Wellington

1989 Joanna Margaret Paul: Chronicle/Chronology, Sarjeant Gallery, Whanganui