he waka eke noa
we are all in this waka together
we rise together, fall together,
work together, keep going together
Mana Moana brings together leading interdisciplinary Māori and Pacific artists to collaborate on multimedia and moving image artworks. Exploring our relationships with the ocean, climate change, and technology through indigenous perspectives, knowledge and narratives. The Mana Moana project values are mana, moana, vā, indigenise, activism, and collaboration.
The inaugural Mana Moana project in 2019 presented five audio-visual works on a water screen at Whairepo Lagoon in Wellington as part of Matariki celebrations. The 2019 project received a Gold at the 2019 BEST Design Awards and has been selected for the Nuit Blanche Toronto international art festival in Canada. A Māori TV video series showcases the 2019 project and features interviews with curators and artists.
In 2020, the project pivoted to an online experience due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In doing so, themes of well-being, balance and healing are at the forefront in a number of the works.
Check it out for yourself – HERE.