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Mana Moana is a curated artist led collaboration between Māori and Pacifica visual artists, musicians, writers and choreographers
to produce short art films.

Mana Moana is made possible with generous support from:

2020

Mana Moana Digital Ocean

Mana Moana Digital Ocean brings together more than 20 leading Māori and Pacifica artists from across Aotearoa for an online collection of multimedia and video art – all housed over an immersive waterscape rendered in 3D. Art and technology weave together in eight new collaborative works ranging from video art, to VR /360 film and 3D digital sculpture. The result is an innovative exhibition speaking to our relationships with water and the need for collective action to ensure its survival. The project takes off where Mana Moana 2019 left off, however, with Covid-19 restrictions the project needed to pivot into the digital realm.

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"In the face of our climate emergency this work is timely and relevant "

RACHAEL RAKENA - CURATOR

2019

Mana Moana Water Screen

Mana Moana 2019 was a collaboration between Maori and Pacifica musicians, artists, writers and choreographers to produce a series of five, short art films fusing poetry, dance, song, painting, photography and animation. Instead of projecting on a traditional film screen Mana Moana explores its themes of ocean, migration and diaspora on a screen of projected water.

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he waka eke noa we are all in this waka together we rise together, fall together, work together, keep going together

Project Values

MANA:

We believe in creating a platform for upholding a healthy and respectful relationship with the Moana in all its forms (ocean, lakes, rain, rivers)

VĀ:

To generate and maintain healthy space between us, each other and our environment and to bring people together.

INDIGENISE:

To provide a Māori frame from which to enable and encompass indigenous Moana perspectives. It creates a positive platform for critical discussion and celebrates whakapapa relationships with the environment.

ACTIVISM:

Mana Moana seeks to draw attention to, critique, and to request action on environmental issues with a future indigenous frame, through the use of technology and art.

COLLABORATION:

Mana Moana allows powerful interdisciplinary art-forms, mediums and creative practices to intertwine, converse and thrive.