• Rangituhia Hollis, Ana Iti, Alex Monteith, Sione Monu and Gary-Ross Pastrana

Artspace Aotearoa is pleased to present its third cinema programme for 2021, Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns.

Organised and commissioned by CIRCUIT and curated by Singapore-based academic and curator David Teh, each artist in Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns was given two concepts as prompts from which to create a new work. The first idea, Pacific Concretism, sought to explore 'errant modernisms' - artworks at junctions between traditional forms of visual art and other forms such as experimental literature. A second idea, Sovereignty, asks; what would a Sovereign Pacific artwork look like outside of traditional Western ideas of influence and form?

Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns is the sixth edition of CIRCUIT’s annual Artist Cinema Commissions. Over several months of research and dialogue with CIRCUIT’s director and network, the curator selected five artists, each of whom were asked to respond to the curatorial brief with a work of 10-15 minutes for cinema presentation. While each artist was invited to make a short work for a captive audience, most showings of the programme (in Aotearoa and overseas) will take place in ad hoc settings, extensions or annexes to art spaces, rather than theatrical ones. All five artists are used to addressing their audiences adrift in the social ebb and flow of the gallery, or online. What might the more linear, ‘cinematic’ setting afford an artist today? And how might the cinema be reconfigured by the contemporary moving images of Aotearoa and the Pacific?

CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video NZ

CIRCUIT is a New Zealand-based distributor of artist moving image works. CIRCUIT promotes its collection through online video streaming, and is a forum for discussion of contemporary work and artist practice. CIRCUIT has a growing catalogue that currently contains over 500 works by 90 New Zealand artists. CIRCUIT was established in 2009 by Mark Williams, an independent curator based in Wellington.

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