A Cat among the Pigeons

Location:New Zealand / Aotearoa
Subject:Maori art and artists
Length:52 minutes
Format:16mm; 1/2-inch VHS; 1-inch master
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Director:Pamela Meeking-Stewart
Producer:Meeking-Stewart Productions
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Description:This is a story about what happened when a city decided to remodel a historic and well-known central city park. A Maori woman artist was selected for the job. Her design and methods of working challenged established thinking about the creation and erection of art in public places. As the park took shape, the City Council and the artist became embroiled in mounting public concern. The artist responded in challenge to the public, her critics, and the experts. Ultimately she challenged the city itself, on her right as an artist to create a space that reflected her traditional ancestral inspiration, her control of her art, and her mana as an individual. This story takes place in Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand. The park is Te Aro Park. This artist is Shona Rapira Davies of Maori descent: Ngati Wai, Ngati Hine, Ngati Hau, Nga Puhi.
Record No:275
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