Art and Activism.

Whiti o Rehua School of Art students mix indigenous thinking with contemporary art and environmental activism to draw on ancient truths and connect us to what some of us have lost.

Māori and Pasifika artists draw on their knowledge and experience to make links to our environment, and challenges our way of life make on oceans: “The collection Mana Moana Volume 2: Digital Ocean is being led by Mana Moana to explore Māori and Pasifika relationships with the ocean and climate breakdown, and to highlight indigenous voices and knowledge.”

In Alberta, indigenous people are challenging the destruction of their land to dig up tar sands for oil, to question just what is our responsibility to protect all land, water and air from exploitation for our own gains.

Artists can use their work to highlight and challenge what is happening to the World, in Venice, where culture, place and people face destruction from rising sea levels, to connections via Scottish woodland to who and what we are.

Art is critical, it reflects who we are and when. We can often tell when a piece of art was made, and what was important to, and what worried, people. It connects us to each other, and our place. It is our belonging and a reminder than connected we thrive and understand, disconnected we are lost.

About people and place, who we are as a humanity, and where we belong in our place – the Earth. This is existential thinking, reflecting on why we’re here, what our purpose is. Especially challenging in days of loss of faith and leadership. Just who are we and what are we doing? Why anything? Questions recent art, through religious ideology and iconism through to Dali’s Jesus on the Cross have sought to explain. From that first human art in the deep cave we seek to leave our mark, and connect ourselves to our lived World.

Pic Credit: I am Hine by Tina Ngata & Terri Crawford

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