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Black Tent documentary screening

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45 Laings Road

Lower Hutt, 5021

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Exploring the stories of various nomadic tribes, 'Black Tent' is a film about the search for the last desert tents made by the Yoruk nomads.

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Exploring the stories of various nomadic tribes, 'Black Tent' is a film about the search for the last desert tents made by the Yoruk nomads in Western Turkey.

Found in the Middle East, Northern Africa and Tibet, the black tent is rain-impermeable, windstorm-resistant, and suited to varying temperatures, the fabric is still unmatched in its qualities. But this traditional architectural style might soon vanish.

An Austrian film crew embarked on a journey to document a group of nomadic tent builders to follow their traditional making processes from the goat farms to the hidden mountain villages of the weavers. It will be 30 years before a black tent is built again. This film captures the making process for the first, and possibly last, time.

This special screening is made possible thanks to the filmmakers who have also supplied a textile sample of the Black Tent that will be available at the event. To learn more about the story, please visit the official website: www.blacktent.at

The film will be screened as a public programme for the exhibition 'Nomads' opening on 19 October.

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Zena Abbott & Emma Fitts: Nomads

19 Oct 2019 – 26 Jan 2020

'Nomads' takes as a starting point Zena’s work from the 1987 exhibition Nomads on the Move, a collaborative project with the Pakuranga Arts Society Fibre Group. Zena was inspired by a documentary that she saw on the Nomad Weavers of Turkey, impressed by the way that weaving was portable, an integral part of their nomadic lives and provided shelter for people on the move. Zena invited the Pakuranga weavers to interpret this idea and exhibit their woven forms together. In Nomads, Zena’s original Nomad is shown alongside a selection of her other works from The Dowse Collection and a contemporary version by artist Emma Fitts (1978-) who is similarly influenced by the innovation of Zena’s fibre art practice.

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