Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now
Moana Currents: Dressing Aotearoa Now looks at how various threads, drawn from across the Moana (the Pacific Ocean), are being woven together to express a new Aotearoa identity in what we wear and how we adorn ourselves today. A dress by Trelise Cooper, a glamorous gown by Tukua Turia and Karen Walker, a Neil Adcock hei tiki that can dance, Steve Hall's urban lavalava, a digital 'quilt' and the other objects from the Moana Currents exhibition are recorded in more than 30 colour plates. Profiles by co-curator Dan Ahwa document the makers and their motivations. An essay by co-curator Doris de Pont explores a range of connecting themes such as; the adaptation and application of technology, the applications and evolution of cultural motifs and the ongoing dialogue between wrapping and structured dressing.
With an introduction by Kolokesa U. Māhina-Tuai