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Film Screening: Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns

23 Oct 2020
6:30pm to 7:30pm Friday
Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns, five artists cinema commissions, curated by David Teh
Event type: 
Art, Film, Screening
Pātaka Art & Museum
17 Parumoana Street, Porirua City Centre, Porirua 5022


CIRCUIT presents Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns, a new screening of 5 short films from Aotearoa and the Philippines. Using poetry, science fiction and documentary, each artist has made a 10 minute short film which responds to questions of artistic sovereignty, the environment and spiritual practice.

Commissioned by Wellington arts organization CIRCUIT, Sovereign Pacific / Pacific Sovereigns is presented as a free screening at Pātaka Art + Museum. The programme is curated by David Teh, a Singapore-based curator who first visited Aotearoa in 2018, and was later engaged by CIRCUIT as their 2020 curator-at-large. For this new programme of works Teh asked the artists to consider how sovereignty is inscribed in art – on-page, on-screen, in space, on bodies, and in the natural world. He also asked the artists to imagine how the sovereignty of artists and artworks might change in a world beset by global crises, a world that might require us to consider new relationships with other communities, both human and non-human.

Artists includes: 

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

Several artists will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screenings alongside David Teh via zoom from his home in Singapore. 

Nau mai Haere mai! 

Written by

CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand

28 Sep 2020

Interests CIRCUIT Artist Film and Video Aotearoa New Zealand is an arts agency that supports New Zealand artists working in the moving image through distribution of works, professional practice initiatives, commissioning and critical review.