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Deep dive into the Moana

Artist and curator talk


Ocean Space
Admission fee
Free of charge

Dive deep with us into the Moana (Ocean) with a conversation with curator Taloi Havini, artist Latai Taumoepeau, and TBA21-Academy director Markus Reymann to delve into the works and themes of the exhibition "Re-Stor(y)ing Oceania."

The exhibition invites the public to connect with the communities that inhabit the vast and diverse region of islands and atolls in the Southern Hemisphere, to listen to their voices and requests.

The Pacific islands are among the regions most affected by the effects of the climate crisis. For decades, their leaders and communities have been calling on larger nations to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

"Re-Stor(y)ing Oceania" engages in subverting this extractive trajectory through art forms, oratory, song, genealogy, performance, empirical knowledge, and oceanic cosmological belief systems.

Mousse Magazine & Publishing will be present with a pop-up bookstore as Ocean Space's Media Partner.


Taloi Havini (Nakas Tribe, Hakö people) was born in Arawa, Autonomous Region of Bougainville and is currently based in Brisbane, Australia. She employs a research practice informed by her matrilineal ties to her land and communities in Bougainville. This manifests in works created using a range of media including photography, audio – video, sculpture, immersive installation and print.

Latai Taumoepeau (b:1972 Gadigal Ngura (Sydney), Australia) makes live-art-work. Her faiva (body-centred practice) is from her homelands, the Island Kingdom of Tonga and her birthplace the Eora Nation. She mimicked, trained and un-learned dance, in multiple institutions of learning, beginning with her village, a suburban church hall, the club and a university. Her faiva (performing art) centres Tongan philosophies of relational vā (space and time); cross-pollinating ancient and everyday temporal practice to make visible the impact of climate crisis in the Pacific. Latai conducts urgent environmental movements and actions to assist transformation in Oceania.