Maori artists participating in Maori Film Week are Charlotte Graham, George Nuku, Johnson Witehira, Kereama Taepa, Matthew Randall, Natasha Keating, Ratu Tibble, Tame Iti and Tracey Tawhiao. These artists works appear in lightboxes, and art exhibition at TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre and Pa Rongorongo.
International artists participating in Maori Film Week are Asinnajaq, Steven Paul Judd, Ziibiwan and Migiizi. Their biographies are below.
Here are the biographies and works of the feature artists of Maori Film Week.
BIOGRAPHY (From Inuit Art Foundation)
Asinnajaq was born in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, and resides in Montreal. She is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer. Since childhood, Asinnajaq has been immersed in storytelling and the sharing of her cultural heritage. In grade school, alongside her mother, she led a workshop on Inuit culture at the McCord Museum in Montreal. Inspired by her father, celebrated filmmaker Jobie Weetaluktuk, Asinnajaq began filmmaking and attended NSCAD University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she was able to draw from her previous knowledge of film and push her theoretical and conceptual understanding of the medium.
Recently, Asinnajaq completed the short film Three Thousand (2017), which was put together from thousands of hours of historical footage from the National Film Board of Canada's archive. On working with the archive, Asinnajaq has said:
“Our understanding of the past is always evolving, and the representation of Indigenous Peoples has changed dramatically over the decades. You get these government-sponsored films from the '50s, subtly or not so subtly racist, that promote residential schooling. And then you’ll find recent footage by Inuit filmmakers that presents a completely different perspective. It’s a fantastic resource for an artist”.
For Three Thousand (2017), Asinnajaq selected particular images or sequences of film and worked with animator Patrick Defasten to create original animations and, ultimately, produce a work that reframes the past and creates a vision for the future. The film is currently on display as part of the Winnipeg Art Gallery's exhibition Insurgence/Resurgence.
WORKS AT MAORI FILM WEEK
- "THREE THOUSAND" (short film) is screening at Maori Film Week.
- Two art works especially created by Asinnajaq are in lightboxes in Bledisloe Lane.
- A short moving image work appearing in the CineMarae exhibition at TSB Bank Wallace Arts Centre.
STEVEN PAUL JUDD
Steven Paul Judd is a mix of Kiowa and Choctaw. Judd’s work is a combination of iconic pop culture references, ubiquitous street styles, and Native themes; a style that has caught the attention of everyone from MTV to Russell Simmons. He received a United States Artists Fellowship in 2016 for media and was recently nominated for an Emmy.
WORKS AT MAORI FILM WEEK
- "THE GIFT" (short film) is screening at Maori Film Week.
- Two stills from "THE GIFT" by Steven Paul Judd are in lightboxes in Bledisloe Lane.
- Moving image works in Pa Rongorongo.
Ziibiwan is an emerging Anishinaabe, electronic artist/producer from Toronto, Ontario. They began playing guitar and piano as a younger teenager and their melodic, electronic compositions draw deep inspiration from contemporary R&B, Radiohead, and Björk. Their ethereal, sonic landscape opens into deeply hypnotic spaces where land, sky, and deep sea meet. Ziibiwan’s debut debut 6-track label EP, Time Limits was released in 2016 via RPM Records. They are currently working on their debut LP for RPM Records and a collaborative project with labelmate Exquisite Ghost.