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Womens Moving Image Archive
Becky Nunes, Open Home – a glimpse into Ann Shelton’s House Work
RM Women’s Moving Image Archive is a project that seeks to showcase current and past work to the public through creating an online platform where emerging and contemporary moving image artists can contribute their work with the aim of establishing a contextual archive of women’s moving image in Aotearoa. In 2019 RM established a grant alongside this archival project to support an emerging woman moving image artist based in Aotearoa. The grant went to Selina Ershadi.
The project is a response to the continued marginalisation of women’s (trans, non-binary and cis inclusive) moving image, in which the seminal contributions of a diverse range of artists spanning decades has yet to be historicised or given due attention. Moving image – in its ephemerality and (apparent) lack of commodity value – often partially falls into oblivion, remaining under-seen, under-researched and largely inaccessible. The lack of a consistent archival platform dedicated to women’s moving image (and to indigenous, Pacifica, and LGBTQ moving image artists) is obvious, and this project seeks to slowly fill this fundamental gap.
We hope this archive, in its endeavour to trace, catalogue, preserve, exhibit, and circulate, will be a useful tool for practitioners, artists, scholars, arts organisations, schools, and the wider public. We also hope for future archival projects in which the contributions of marginalised subjects to moving image will be highlighted, and are excited for the potential of this project to engage curators, writers, artists, researchers, archivists, and other galleries to branch out and profile this work.
Featuring Denise Batchelor, Sarah Callesen & Shelley Simpson, Matilda Fraser, Laura Duffy, Emily Parr, Lara Lindsay-Parker, Ashleigh Taupaki & Jasmine Tuia, Antonia Nisbet, Mary MacGregor-Reid, Raewyn Turner, Aydriannah Tuiali’i, Selina Ershadi, Becky Nunes, Aliyah Winter, Lily Worrall, Sonja van Kerkhoff, Alex Monteith and Gabrielle Amodeo.