A durational, site-specific and participatory live-art work, MOKITA examines the grief of climate collapse and invited participants to engage in a speculative process for public mourning and embodied catharsis.
Over seven hours, the immersive work invited collective and personal grief into the space to be acknowledged by the artists using natural materials found on-site, and processes devised specifically in response to the geographic location.
As well as a live happening, an online portal was established prior to the work to collect grief anonymously from those who could not attend on the day. Through the transferring of grief to clay combined with native grass seeds, MOKITA contributed to the revegetation of the site as participants assisted the artists in planting the 'griefs' outside, at the conclusion of the seven-hour performance.
MOKITA is a Kilivila word from Papua New Guinea, meaning ‘the truth we all know, and have agreed not to talk about,’ This work sought to create a space dedicated to eco-grief and asked how we maintain our humanity amongst a time of rapid destruction and change.
MOKITA explored the creation of a secular, contemporary ritual space that answers this need. It exists as a salve for those unable to process or release their own sense of grief; whether it arises from situations commonly associated with mourning, such as a death, or is a result of any kind of change, or ongoing anxiety.
Change = Loss = Grief
Performance Art, 7 Hours
Artists Luna Mrozik Gawler, Nithya Iyer, Devika Bilimoria, Amy Hanley
Supported by Nardine Kerakious
Birdsland Reserve 2017