Nathan Pohio – Sfakia – day for night

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Nathan Pohio
Sfakia – day for night, 2018
Pigment on archival paper. 345 x 420 mm

2020 remembers the narrative of our tupuna and allies who served on Crete, it is also a homage to the people of Crete who at great personal risk hid our tupuna in the hills before seeing them re-join their Battalions. Sfakia is a small port on the south side of Crete, where under the cover of night the rescue of Allied troops was carried out by British ships. The process was long and slow and could only happen in the dark hours, thousands became abandoned as a consequence and many Allies became Prisoners of War, however many were also hidden the hills by local communities until safely moved off the island back to the Allies. Day for Night is a chromatic technique used in Hollywood films of the 1960’s to create a nighttime effect when shooting in daylight with a blue filter. Here all colour has been removed to rejoice in the simplicity and intimacy of high contrast black and white. Specialist valuation NZ$3,000.00

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Nathan Pōhio, Waitaha, Ngati Mamoe, Ngai Tahu; is an artist working in video and other photo media, exhibited widely his practice is concerned with the contemporary Maori society, cinema and pre cinema histories delivered by way of a minimal cinematic installation. Pōhio was invited to participate in Documenta14, considered to be the biggest and most prestigious not for profit art exhibitions in the world. Pōhio represented his people at Athens Greece and Kassel Germany. First exhibiting in the mid-late 1990’s, Pōhio has continuously worked to represent the indigenous voice within the field of Expanded Cinema; first defined in 1970 by Gene Youngblood who argues that a new, expanded cinema is required for a new consciousness. Pōhio perceives indigenous voices present within this notion as he notes distinctive developments within the language of cinema itself occur overtime and internationally, he sees meaning in an international cinematic language at work. Pōhio is an Assistant Curator at Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū and Chair of The Physics Room, a contemporary project space in Christchurch. He is a founding member of Paemanu, a charitable trust established for the advocacy of Ngai Tahu Contemporary Visual Arts. More info via Jonathan Smart Gallery.

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