Trailer: Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns
Now showing at Artspace Aotearoa until 18 May 2021 Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns - five new works for cinema by Rangituhia Hollis, Ana Iti, Alex Monteith, Sione Monu and Gary-Ross Pastrana. Commissioned by CIRCUIT and curated by Singapore-based academic and curator David Teh.
Each artist was given two concepts as prompts from which to create a new work. The first, Pacific Concretism, seeks to explore 'errant modernisms' - artworks at junctions between traditional forms of visual art and other forms such as experimental literature, theatre and poetry. A second idea, Sovereignty, asks; what would a Sovereign Pacific artwork look like outside of traditional Western ideas of influence and form?
The resulting five works were completed amidst the complexities of Covid 19, but also engage with the scale of history that extends before colonisation, and sometimes into the realm of science fiction.