Can You Sense It?

Can You Sense It? Part 1: The Video Art of Bridget Reweti

Expired May 13, 2021 6:00 AM
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Streaming April 25 - May 1, 2021

What are you sensing, around the political and public health disasters and through a year of virtual connections? Can you sense around and through disaster? What does your body feel? Where does your mind take you? Have you had extrasensory experiences lately? Are you connecting to other worlds and your communities beyond screens?

“Can You Sense It?,” programmed by guest curator Jacqui Brown for Los Angeles Filmforum, deeply engages the work of two filmmakers - Bridget Reweti and Tamika Galanis - to pull you through your screens and drop you beyond this global pandemic to connect deeply to what it is that only you can sense.

The works presented exist between the possibilities of film, grounded in land and place and people overlooked, placing nonfiction film in service of embodiment. They sever the connection between image and dialogue, facilitating the transfer of your energy away from your screen to your senses and the vibrations of land, place, and connections.

Bridget Reweti suffuses the Aotearoan landscape with voices, mythologies, and communality to dispel romantic notions of the “natural world” and close the gap between our natural and lived environments. Tamika Galanis reverses Reweti’s circulation of life to landscape, placing the outdoors in service of archiving Bahamian interiority. Tamika places herself in an unenviable race - capturing what is The Bahamas, as her home, known as “The Ephemeral Islands,” is actually disappearing.

Can you sense it? That for some of us, our worlds have been ending for centuries? Can you sense it? That our work never ended? Can you sense it? Your relationship to the source?

If you leverage your senses, these films will snatch you through the screen and set you down in fully formed worlds.

Bridget Reweti (she/her) is an artist and curator from Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāi Te Rangi in Tauranga Moana, Aotearoa. Her lens-based practice practice explores indigenous landscape perspectives and the intricacy of contemporary Māori realities. Bridget has held numerous residencies both nationally and internationally and her work is held in both private and public collections, she is the 2020-21 Frances Hodgkins Fellow at Otago University.

Bridget is part of Mata Aho Collective, a collaboration between four Māori women artists who produce large scale textile works, commenting on the complexity of Māori lives. Bridget has a vested interest in making space from governance to operations to audience for Māori to feel safe and brave in the arts. She has curated both solo and group shows throughout Aotearoa and also co-editor of ATE Journal of Māori Art, an annual peer-reviewed journal of Māori Art.

Bridget holds a Masters with first class honours in Māori Visual Arts from Toioho ki Āpiti, Massey University and a PgDip in Museum and Heritage Studies from Victoria University of Wellington.


Part of the "What Are You Looking At?" series

'Excuse me, you're in my shot' is part of a moving image and photographic installation which references the narrative of Tamaahua and his chase across country from Tuhua (Mayor Island) to the Arahura River in search for Waitaiki and Poutini. The narrative is an oral map of important geological deposits, highlighting significant sites for numerous hapū and iwi. The series of four, two-channel moving image works portray a camera obscura tent, reminiscent of late 1800s surveyors tents and simulating the three-legged taipō, a surveying tool Māori referred to as a goblin. The opposing channel shows the inverted tent scenes.

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