Light Movement 32: Joanna Margaret Paul

Light Movement 32
Sunday 22nd July 2018, doors 8.00pm / start time 8:30pm, Spektrum Berlin
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Through a Different Lens: Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul

Introduced by Peter Todd

"All my films, poems, paintings play more or less between inner and outer events" - Joanna Margaret Paul

Joanna Margaret Paul (1955-2003) was a New Zealand artist who pioneered interdisciplinary practice, working prolifically across the mediums of film, poetry and painting. Often shot and edited in camera, her film work chronicled motherhood and domestic life (Task, Napkins), the worn traces of urban settlement (Port Chalmers Cycle) and the persistent presence of the natural world. Other works such as Sisterhood portrayed the life of other female artists identified with the 1970s womens movement in New Zealand.

Curated by Peter Todd, Through a Different Lens/Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul is the first collection of Joanna Margaret Paul’s moving image work to make Paul’s work available to an international audience. In Todd’s accompanying essay he places her work in the lineage of film-makers Margaret Tait and Robert Bresson, and painter Frances Hodgkins.
The program contains 13 works shot in the 1970s that have been transferred from 8mm and 16mm film to high definition video.

‘Paul’s films were made in relative artistic isolation from avant-garde film discourse in the mid-1970s, but are rooted in an acute feminist politics that focuses on concerns of shared female social spaces and everyday domestic situations.’

P R O G R A M :

Napkins (1975)
Jillian Dressing (1976)
Task (1982)
Sisterhood (1975)
Seacliff (1975)
Body/House (1975)
Motorway (1971)
Barrys Bay 2 (1975)
Children Imogen (1975)
Aberhart’s House (1976)
Port Chalmers Cycle (1972)
Thorndon (1975)
Napkins (1975)

Peter Todd is a film-maker and curator based in London. He was co-editor of Subjects & Sequences: A Margaret Tait Reader (LUX, 2004), which gathered together new essays on Orcadian film-poet Margaret Tait's work, interviews, reprints of key poems, a story and texts as well as a detailed filmography, a chronology, a bibliography, and resources. Peter Todd currently works for the British Film Institute. An essay by Peter Todd on the work of Joanna Paul can be found here.

Through A Different Lens / Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul curated by Peter Todd. Commissioned by CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand with the assistance of the estate of Joanna Margaret Paul and Robert Heald Gallery.

all images courtesy of Estate of Joanna Margaret Paul & CIRCUIT New Zealand

Light Movement 32: Joanna Margaret Paul
Sunday 24th June 2018, doors 8.00pm / start time 8:30pm

Bürknerstraße 12,
12047 Berlin
U8 Schönleinstr.