This Air is a Material. The work of Ann Shelton.
A documentary film by Becky Nunes
Ann Shelton left her hometown of Timaru in the 80’s on a mission. Her seminal project Redeye captured the zeitgeist of Auckland, New Zealand in the 90’s, and catapulted her to public notoriety. Ann has made many rich and complex bodies of work that unearth local mythologies, “ghosted” stories and characters and narratives previously written out of history.
This Air is a Material deepens the understanding of this important artist & her work. With interviews, high quality footage of Ann’s artwork and archival imagery, the documentary not only illuminates her practice but also the small towns, urban myths and creative communities that shaped it.
Artists, writers and curators speak with passion and insight about Ann’s work and its historical and contemporary contexts. Ann herself provides much of the guiding narration. The film explores the visual themes and motifs of Ann’s work, tracing its origins in the hostory and landscapes of Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Becky Nunes graduated with a BA in film and literature from Warwick University, England. Nunes also holds an MFA in photography, 1st class Hons. She is an NZIPP master of photography. Nunes is a founding member of photography collective Tangent. In her previous role as respected commercial and editorial photographer, Nunes has worked with numerous publishers, designers and advertising agencies. Her images have won awards and been published locally and overseas. Her personal work is held in several public and private collections. Most recently Nunes has completed a feature-length documentary film This Air is a Material (2016), examining the life and work of photographic artist Ann Shelton. Nunes is currently Head of Department: Photo Media at Whitecliffe College in Auckland, Aotearoa-New Zealand.
Exhibitions List: This Air is a Material
Auckland Art Gallery: Screened as part of the opening program of events for Dark Matter exhibition November 26th 2016
Doc Edge Festival: Selected in competition and Finalist, best Documentary Feature.
Screenings in Wellington: Roxy Theatre 17th May/19th May 2017
Auckland: Q Theatre 30 May/2 June 2017,
ARC Cinema, Australian National Film and Sound Archive, Canberra
Thursday August 10th 2017
H.o.D: Photography and Media Arts at Whitecliffe College, Auckland N.Z
Director: Studio 3D Ltd.
Board member: Peninsula Arts Inc.
Forum member: Circuit Artist Film & Video
Founder member: Tangent photography collective
Finalist, Best Documentary Feature: DocEdge Festival 2017 (This Air is a Material)
2010 Landscape Photographer of the Year NZIPP Iris Awards
2009 Commercial Photographer of the Year NZIPP Iris Awards
Master of Photography: NZIPP
Research and art practice
Current projects: The Iron Age: ongoing project investigating contested sites of spiritual, cultural and resource significance in Aotearoa NZ
Please see my website for more detail on these and the projects listed below.
2017 This Air is a Material feature documentary. Premiere screening: DocEdge Festival Auckland and Wellington May 2017
PAPERWORK group exhibition at DEMO Space March 23-26th
NEWPHOTOMEDIA Curated by Tangent as part of Auckland Festival of Photography group exhibition at DEMO Space June 6-12
2016 This Air is a Material feature documentary. Premiere screening and Director Q&A: AAG November 27th.
Pictures on Paper Tangent film productions short film, screened at PhotoBook NZ March 2016 (Massey University)
Pictures on Paper Tangent film productions short film, screened at Obscura PhotoFestival, Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia, August 2016
2015 Pictures on Paper Tangent film productions short film, screened at Auckland Photo Festival 2015, & Physics Room, Christchurch
Group show: _on this site
The Hold Artspace, 274 Montague Rd, West End, Brisbane, Australia
Carr, Cowlard, Nunes
Group faculty show, Pearce Gallery, St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell, Auckland
Selected book projects:
2016 This Model World: Travels to the edge of contemporary art Anthony Byrt/University press.
2015 Tongariro Power artist zine, limited edition of 25 self-published in conjunction with exhibition
2013 Puketiti Random House NZ (co-author credit)
2011 Kingiitaanga. Art+Object & Turangawaewae House
2009 Mau Moko: the world of Maori tattoo. Penguin N.Z
Selected publications and presentations:
2017 Collaborative Processes and key thematics in the film This Air is a Material – The work of Ann Shelton. Women in the Creative arts Research Conference, Australia National University Canberra 10-12th August 2017.
Agency and Aesthetics: A symposium on the expanded field of photography. Co-orbital paper presented at symposium, Auckland Art gallery April 1 2017.