Six artists respond to the poetry of Joanna Margaret Paul

A dark orange shadow of a clothes line appears in contrast against a grainy yellow sky. The clothes line is holding a supermarket shopping basket. In the background there are trees. It feels as if this image was taken in someones backyard.Still from I am an open window (2015), Rachel Shearer

CIRCUIT is excited to present a screening of six video works by New Zealand artists created in response to the work of Joanna Margaret Paul.

This screening is in association with Dunedin Public Art Gallery's exhibition Joanna Margaret Paul: Imagined in the Context of a Room (7 August–14 November 2021).

When and where

Saturday 7 August 2021
The screening runs for 50 minutes
Dunedin Public Art Gallery

The screening will be introduced by CIRCUIT Director Mark Williams, who will briefly discuss CIRCUIT's work on the Joanna Paul archive and the subsequent interest in Paul's work from a younger generation of artists, writers and international venues.

About the screening

Six Artists respond to the work of Joanna Margaret Paul is a programme of short moving image works by Nova Paul (Ngāpuhi), Rachel Shearer, Sonya Lacey, Miranda Parkes, Shannon Te Ao (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) and the collective Popular Productions. The series of works was originally curated by Solomon Nagler and Mark Williams in 2016 and has since been screened in a variety of venues in Aotearoa and internationally.

A prolific filmmaker, poet, photographer and painter, the work of Joanna Paul (1955-2003) quietly observed the intimate poetics of the domestic and the modest grace of her bucolic surroundings. This programme presents an ambitious range of moving 
image commissions shot at home, in industrial space, nature and using a microscope within salt letter form—each film celebrating the resonance of Paul’s work and offering the catalyst for a collection of new work by a range of contemporary New Zealand artists.

Six Artists respond to the work of Joanna Margaret Paul was created with the support of Creative New Zealand.