The Mana Moana | Mana W?hine exhibition is an exploration of lived realities and philosophies indigenous to Te Moana Nui A Kiwa (Oceania/Pacific), that is reflected in w?hine (feminine), as a key source of mana (power/strength).
In acknowledging Te Moana Nui A Kiwa as our oldest shared ancestor we draw a connection between the health and wellbeing of our ocean in relation to the strength and power of our women.
This articulation of whine (feminine) and kaitiakitanga (guardianship of natural and physical resources) opens up dialogue about the multiplicities that arise today. We seek to widen understandings of our own cultural practices that sit outside the confines of a homogenised, singular idea of western feminism.
In*ter*is*land Collective has invited whnau (extended family) - artists, writers, academics and community members who have spent time in MOKU (London HQ) to contribute thoughts, ideas, work, performance, writing and images that will document our residency at Raven Row in celebration of Mana Moana | Mana Whine.
Official Link: http://www.interislandcollective.com