"Kate Belton is an artist based in Ōtautahi/Christchurch whose moving image practice is closely informed by local histories dating from colonisation to the recent reconstruction of the city after the 2011 earthquakes. Originally practicing in sculpture, she has worked in moving image since the 2010's showing both in cinema and gallery contexts, sometimes in conversation with sculptural elements.
The works Hau and The Lie of the Land are two of four works proposed under the project title Ō Ratou Tāonga Katoa (all our treasures). This term was a critical clause exploited by the British in our nation's founding document, The Treaty of Waitangi. All four works explore different aspects of the historical, social, and multicultural tensions at play within our connection to place and the fabric of our collective identity.
Kate's work, conceived primarily with New Zealand/Aotearoa audiences in mind, weaves references to traditional kaupapa Maori throughout broader meta-narratives. Complex issues are rendered into the context of a domestic setting, highlighting and addressing relevant contemporary issues: the development of agriculture in a land to which it is unsuited, the exhaustion of that hard land, and the complexity of intergenerational relationships in the face of an infertile future. There is a brooding undercurrent of violence which builds on our 'Cinema of Unease'. Sound and visuals sometimes disturb and angers from the past threaten present comfort, yet we are engaged by the poetic power of the works and the fragile promise of futural hope." - text supplied by the artist
She is currently working on concept development for The Lie of the Land, a short film / installation project.
Selected Exhibitions / Screenings
Hau (solo), Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Hau (solo), Life in Vacant Spaces, Christchurch
Hau, The Interpretation Room at Riccarton House, Christchurch
Hau, Puanga Pictures Film Festival, Whanganui
White Silence (solo), Dunedin School of Art
Palimpsest II (solo), public sculpture, New Regent Street, Christchurch
We Are Not Getting Out of Here Alive, Blue Oyster Gallery, Dunedin
Avis Interregnum (solo), Listening Post, a Borderline Ballroom transitional art project, Lyttelton / Dunedin
The Yallop and Smith Memorial Exhibition, A Gallery, Dunedin
Reclaimed Paradise (solo) Terminus Sculpture Symposium, Dunedin
Method and Transformation, Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch
Fold (a collaboration with Hayden Prujean) Coincidence Sculpture Symposium, Nelson
Language and Landscape (solo), Centre of Contemporary Art, Christchurch