Horohoro (documentation)


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

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

This work is discussed in an essay by Stephen Turner, 2018.