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22 July 2023 —
22 July 2023

Film screening: Honey, Rain & Dust (2016)

Nujoom Alghanem, Field of Heat and Dust, 2023. Digital wall print. Image courtesy of the artist and Aisha Alabbar Gallery, in collaboration with Art Jameel, a participating member of the World Weather Network.


Te Tuhi is delighted to host a screening of Honey, Rain & Dust (2016) by Emirati artist and filmmaker Nujoom Alghanem as part of its exhibition Huarere: Weather Eye, Weather Ear. Telling the story of Aisha, Fatima and Ghareeb, three Emirati honey-specialists whose reliance on bees is being challenged by the climate crisis, Honey, Rain & Dust offers a unique ecological and ethnographic perspective on honey-finding traditions in the northwestern mountains of the United Arab Emirates. 

Te Tuhi is honoured to have Nujoom read a poem to introduce her film via Zoom from Dubai. She will be accompanied by Dr Arezou Zalipour (Associate Professor in Screen Production, Auckland University of Technology). The film will run for 86 minutes.  

About the artist

Nujoom Alghanem (b. 1962, Dubai) is an Emirati poet, artist, and film director, whose work Field of Heat and Dust (2023) is currently being exhibited on the Te Tuhi Project Wall. She has published eight poetry collections and produced numerous films, winning over 40 regional and international prizes. In 2019, Alghanem was the solo representing artist of the United Arab Emirates at the Venice Biennale. 

About Arezou Zalipour

Arezou Zalipour (PhD, UKM; PhD, Waikato) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Screen, Audio and Journalism, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), New Zealand, and Director of AUT Centre for Screen Practice Research. Arezou’s past research project offered an innovative insight into NZ’s film practice through the first conceptualisation of ‘Asian New Zealand cinema’, and publication of the first book in this area: Migrant and Diasporic Film and Filmmaking in New Zealand (2019). Arezou has been an advocate for culturally diverse screen and cinematic storytelling, inclusive practice and policy in the film industry, and onscreen representation (drama, documentary, and television) that bring to the front stories of all walks of life, across geographies and traditions.

About Huarere: Weather Eye, Weather Ear

Weather is not just happening to us; we are happening to the weather. As our experience of the climate crisis intensifies, Huarere: Weather Eye, Weather Ear presents artworks as sensory alerts to the new weathers, dislodging our hold on scientific facts and offering a means to radically reimagine our relationship to our climate by keeping a ‘weather eye’ and a ‘weather ear’. The exhibition is Te Tuhi’s contribution to the World Weather Network, a platform connecting 28 arts organisations across the earth in artist-orientated ‘weather stations.’ 

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