Horohoro (documentation)


Horohoro is a five screen installation featuring images of Horohoro, a rural farming community 15 kilometres south-west of Rotorua, New Zealand.

"I walk up to Robert George’s 5-panel digital display of his tūrangawaewae (Horohoro, south of Rotorua). Empty of people, the film-work makes all the more present its' past, and the change that the place has undergone. The digital effect is one of enduring simultaneity – the changing elements of place yet have their duration (including roads, school, chairs, marae, whakairo, a horse, house and whenua). I try to people the panels, before the looped film starts to flicker, becomes inflamed, burns up and go black. Perhaps a mission impossible for the outsider (my instructions get burned soon after I receive them). I am made aware of the material image, and how time and place are also a colourscape, socially and historically saturated. The emptiness of this imagery takes me away from the noise and traffic of Auckland city to a place whose presence emerges in film, one that is still, certain, and ashore, if not assured. It soon passes in film, and yet feels more insistent, still present, than transitory. It is just the film that is transient."

- Stephen Turner, read the full review on CIRCUIT.

Horohoro was commissioned by Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in 2018 for From the Shore, an exhibition which considered the influence of Māori filmmakers Barry Barclay and Merata Mita on a current generation of artists.

"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. The exhibition took its title from Barclay’s metaphor of indigenous cinema as ‘a camera on the shore’ that reverses the direction of the colonial gaze"

- Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery