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). A third project, I am an open window: Joanna Margaret Paul, combined original film work by Paul with the commissioned responses, and was screened at venues including the BFI London Film Festival (UK).

Other Resources
An essay on Joanna Paul's work by Peter Todd produced in association with Through a Different Lens/Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul can be found here.
Writing Women's Experimental Film Histories, a panel discussion from the 2015 London Film Festival featuring Mark Williams, co-curator of
Six artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul

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Selected Exhibitions & Screenings

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

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

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

Light On Things, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

Joanna Margaret Paul: I am an open window, London Film Festival, London, UK / Collectif jeune Cinema, Paris, France
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

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

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

Joanna Margaret Paul, Brett McDowell Gallery, Dunedin

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

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