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Courtesy of Tue Greenfort
Title: Coral Fresh Color, photo edition

WE ARE OCEAN is an official project contributing to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. An interdisciplinary art project to raise awareness about our interdependence with the ocean in Berlin, Venice, Marseille, Vancouver from 2019 to 2021.

WE ARE OCEAN gathers institutions, cultural practitioners, policymakers, the youth and the general audience to discuss solutions for improving ocean health and reducing the human impact on the environment. Our contribution aims to stimulate educational and behavioural change among young people and adults through art and scientific programs including workshops, panel discussions, scientific interventions, art performances and film screenings.

WE ARE OCEAN draws inspiration from Epeli Hau’Ofa‘s works “We are the ocean” which is a collection of essays, fiction and poetry by the Tongan writer and ethnographer. His work challenges dominant discourses about Oceania and prescriptions for its development. We acknowledge his work as a source of inspiration and a guide for our mission throughout the project such as the creation of alternative perspectives and solutions to implement climate action and the full integration of indigenous worldviews in the art, science and education.

United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

THE “WE ARE OCEAN” CURATORS

Anne-Marie Melster
Anne-Marie Melster

Artistic Director and Coordinator

Julia Moritz
Julia Moritz

Co-Curator of the film program

Vanina Saracino
Vanina Saracino

Curator film program Marseille

THE “WE ARE OCEAN” COMMISSIONED ARTISTS

Lisa Rave
Lisa Rave

Commissioned Artist (Berlin)

Portrait of the award-winning artist, filmmaker, writer Marc Johnson
Marc Johnson

Commissioned Artist (Marseille)

“WE ARE OCEAN BERLIN” Partners

“WE ARE OCEAN VENICE” Partners

“WE ARE OCEAN MARSEILLE” Partners

“WE ARE OCEAN VANCOUVER” Partners