This question is the key catalyst both of my art practice and my work as an educator. I am deeply committed to working collaboratively in the imagining of new futures for cultural production. I am a lens-based artist of Jewish and Cornish descent. I have very recently relocated to the United Kingdom after living and working for many years in Aotearoa-New Zealand. My practice is scaffolded upon the building of alliances with indigeneity, collaborative and Kaupapa Maori (Maori practices and protocols) methodologies. I work in an expanded documentary framework, using lens-based tools of the digital and surveillance age to think about the problematic and complicated nature of land use, resource extraction and the amplification of marginalised and polyphonic voices. In my work I unearth and manipulate archival material, combining it with my own moving image & still photography. Science-fiction and empirical feminist thinking are cornerstones for making. The co-opting of the documentary form into more activist and resistant outcomes have become central processes in my practice, and I lean on the writings of Donna Haraway, Erica Balsom and Ariella Azoulay amongst others. I think about walking as method for generating embodied knowledge, and about ways to employ a “listening” camera as a research tool in the service of community. As an educator my focus is on empowerment and making space for divergence in the classroom and curriculum.
Becky Nunes is a lens-based artist and educator. Her images have been awarded, published & exhibited locally and internationally. Nunes is a founder member of Tangent Collective (Aotearoa) and creative partner at 35a (U.K).