Project Whā video
“Trust is the circle, trust is the ingredient of names in the boil up. To trust must be the ultimate reason, only then can it be a work. Together!”
Project Whā is the fourth of the Home Ground projects, and is the social action platform of Home Ground.
In this project we build a strong advocacy and awareness campaign on the challenges women and whānau face in the justice system
We work in collaboration with artists through creative mediums and advocate that we listen to women who know what they need, when no one has listened before.
Project Whā video due for release late 2020
Project Whā ran from May to September. As a collective, we created and curated content to showcase the work that has been achieved over the last year with Home Ground.
Our response to the COVID-19 crisis was to work across multiple platforms:
an online classroom
a community workshop space
Arohata Upper Prison
Arohata Tawa Prison.
We used everything from pen and paper sent to a PO Box, to multimedia digital work.
Fifteen women participated in the different workshops, and thirteen artists collaborated on the work.
The artistic aims of Project Whā needed to change to suit the alert levels, therefore we focused on the digital work as we knew we could do this collaboratively – from a safe distance!
Digital advocacy project
Our aim was to create four curated digital advocacy pieces based on the participants’ experience of the justice system and their reintegration back to the community.
Three of the films were created by women in the justice system in collaboration with artists, while the fourth was created by Transmit media to explain the kaupapa behind Home Ground.
These short films were created in response to the impact of incarceration and the justice system.
Tahi: Where we come from makes us who we are. Ko wai au? Who am I?
Rua: Inside out, and outside in.
Toru: He kākano: The magic seeds of the circle.
The big question was, ‘How do we want people to feel at the end of what we put out into the world?’
These were some of the answers:
“That we are strong, we have strength in this place.”
“Respect. Family/Whānau. (family through art)”
“For people to have a better understanding of who we are, what we do.”
“That we are heard”
“That we are listened to”
“That the creativity born of our lived experiences is recognised not only as showcases in courage and growth, but also as a wellspring to inform conversations for women, about women and with women; throughout the justice and corrections space.”
A number of artists collaborated on Project Whā's digital advocacy piece.