CURATOR Geraldine Barlow (Irish, Māori and English descent, of the Ngapuhi iwi)
John Miller (Ngaitewake-ki-te-tuawhenua, Uritaniwha, and Ngāti Rehia hapū of Ngāpuhi) is a photographer, a ‘sympathetic observer’ of civil-rights, anti-apartheid, anti-war, anti-nuclear, and Māori political protests. Tour Scrums features work from two moments. There are Miller's black-and-white photos of anti-apartheid protests in Wellington in the 1970s. There is also Tour Scrums: Protesting Black and Blue, his twin-screen colour video drawing on his photos of anti-Springbok-rugby-tour protests a decade later. In it, his photos are combined with sound recordings captured at the time. 1981 saw protestors clash with police on the streets in Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Rotorua, and Auckland, changing the national self image. In 2003, Miller received a Media Peace Prize Lifetime Award.