Join artist Charlotte Graham and University of Auckland Professor of Biological Sciences Te Kura Mātauranga Koiora, Dr. Mary Sewell, as they discuss Graham’s Whakawaikawa Moana/Acidic Oceans, 2019.

Whakawaikawa Moana/Acidic Oceans is a mirror and text installation that addresses the phenomenon of ocean acidification by summoning the world (AO) and its natural elements under environmental stress. Employing lighting to project words in many directions evoking the multidirectional power of the winds and the sun shimmering on the ocean surface, the work speaks of acidic waters compromising marine life.

Graham will discuss her work in light of scientific research on ocean acidification and the pair will explore scientific solutions to restore balance to our oceans.

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Charlotte Graham (Pare Hauraki, Pare Waikato, Ngāti Kotimana) is an interdisciplinary artist who uses different materials to engage in indigenous dialogue. Graham’s work has addressed social, cultural and political issues for more than twenty years.

Dr. Mary Sewell’s recent research has focused on the impact of ocean acidification on early development in sea urchins and green-shell mussels, from habitats including the Hauraki Gulf, Firth of Thames and coastal regions of Antarctica.