Peter Wareing

(D-2) (2007)

4 min 24 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

At waters edge, a person walks up to a lone tree. They take a piece of paper from the tree, unfurl and read it, but are shot by an offscreen assailant. They fall to the ground. The same action is mirrored by in a second screen, where another performer repeats the same action.

"The location for the action is Cape Egmont in Taranaki. A sheet of printed paper and a lone bent tree are the only props. This is an action formed at the moment of taping and repeated over and over as if in a pattern, and this pattern reinforced by the image - at once absurd and mannered. The distancing created through the theatricality of the action and the artificiality of image/sound manipulation aims to address the emotional dissonance between Pākehā and Māori counterparts over the history of land ownership and sovereignty in this particular region."

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