Presented at HillsceneLIVE Festival, MOKITA was a seven-hour performance art piece, exploring grief, and the complex emotions arising from, but not limited to, climate crisis,
MOKITA was a participatory, immersive and meditative installation where spectators were invited to contribute their personal grief into the space for ritualised acknowledgment and processing.
Individual griefs were collected through an online portal prior to the event, and on the day as participants were invited to write their grief on paper, roll it in clay and native grass seeds and pass it into the performative space.
Each grief was taken through a unique, devised ritual process, and placed in a central basket hanging in the space. At the conclusion of seven hours, the basket was cut down and carried into the nature reserve where the audience assisted the artists in burying the grief. This contributed to a revegetation project happening on site.
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 grieving and asks how we maintain our humanity amongst a time of rapid destruction and change.
MOKITA explored the creation of 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