Through a Different Lens: Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul

Introduced by Peter Todd

Drawing comparisons with the Orcadian filmmaker Margaret Tait, New Zealand artist Joanna Margaret Paul (1955-2003) worked prolifically across film, poetry and painting. Her film work chronicles motherhood and domestic life, urban settlement and the persistent presence of the natural world.

Curated by artist Peter Todd, this is the first collection to make Paul’s work available to an international audience. Its 13 works, all silent, were shot in the 1970s on 8mm and 16mm film and subsequently transferred to HD 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.’ —Frieze

Linked screening: Peter Todd will introduce a screening of his own work the following evening, Friday 29 June, at the Star & Shadow Cinema.

Wednesday 28 June 2018
19.30
Tyneside Cinema (Gallery)
£6 / £4

Films

Jillian Dressing

Joanna Margaret Paul

New Zealand
1976
2'30
Super 8 transferred to video, colour, silent
Image of Joanna Margaret Paul, 'Task.' Shown in Through a Different Lens: Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul, June 2018

Task

Joanna Margaret Paul

New Zealand
1982
3'11
Super 8 transferred to video, colour, silent

Sisterhood

Joanna Margaret Paul

New Zealand
1975
2'50
Super 8 transferred to video, colour, silent

Seacliff

Joanna Margaret Paul

New Zealand
1975
2'58
Super 8 transferred to video, colour, silent

Body / House

Joanna Margaret Paul

New Zealand
1975
10'58
Super 8 transferred to video, colour, silent

Motorway

Joanna Margaret Paul

New Zealand
1971
3'35
Super 8 transferred to video, colour, silent

Barrys Bay 2

Joanna Margaret Paul

New Zealand
1975
3'30
Super 8 transferred to video, colour, silent

Children — Imogen

Joanna Margaret Paul

New Zealand
1975
2'57
Super 8 transferred to video, colour, silent

Aberhart’s House

Joanna Margaret Paul

New Zealand
1976
2'54
Super 8 transferred to video, colour, silent

Port Chalmers Cycle

Joanna Margaret Paul

New Zealand
1972
17'43
Super 8 transferred to video, colour, silent

Thorndon

Joanna Margaret Paul

New Zealand
1975
4'56
Super 8 transferred to video, colour, silent

Writing

Through a Different Lens: Film Work by Joanna Margaret Paul

Motifs return in her films or what she has filmed. They become motifs through accumulation. A way that is perhaps both a becoming familiar-with, getting one’s bearings, and just being. Read more

About the curator

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.