Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll
Te Moana - The Ocean

Te Moana, still. Courtesy of the Artist
Te Moana, still. Courtesy of the Artist


The film is made by Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll in collaboration with Jody Toroa and Kay Robin of Rangiwaho marae, a Maori iwi (tribe) in Poverty Bay, Aotearoa New Zealand.

It builds on Te Haa Kui o Tangaroaa shorter, earlier iteration of the film, comissioned for TBA21–Academy’s ‘The Current II’ Convening, ‘Phenomenal Ocean’, led by Chus Martínez.

The story circles around that of a whale, told from the perspective of Rangiiwaho who received her. Rangiiwaho also leveraged the anniversary of Captain Cook’s voyage to the Pacific to get a temporary repatriation of the material heritage taken from their ancestors 250 years ago. The film follows the events in their museum and of the visiting star navigators from Tahiti, bringing the history of Tupaia, the Tahitian that boarded the Endeavour with Cook to life. It is an experimental documentary that reflects on the translation in Maori, French and English of the material and language of cultural resistance. A contradiction and conflict emerges around the commemoration and Pacific islander protest against it. The criticism of the Cook anniversary is enacted by pacific scholars speaking during the arrival of the replica Endeavour boat.
Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll works on colonial histories through contemporary art. She is currently working on a book about repatriation. Her art practice involves montaging words and images within films and installations that voice alternate histories through texts and performances. Khadija holds a PhD from Harvard University and has curated/co-created various exhibitions internationally including The Lost World (Part 2), Kranich Museum, Vienna Zocolo, and Botanical Drift.
Watch Te Haa Kui o Tangaroa here

Watch Te Moana here