Morgan Hogg is an artist based on unceded Dharug land. In her video and installation practice, Hogg explores Indigenous perspectives within the Pacific Islands and the cultural impact of the modern-day on traditional standards. Through the perspective of her Indigenous Cook Island and Anglo-Saxon heritage, Hogg’s installations form a visual representation of the ongoing issues within the Pacific Islands and Indigenous cultures in the Southern Hemisphere.
Ariki Vaine is a two-part film reflecting the story and importance of Mother Earth through Cook Island dance. The video references the importance of cultural connection to ancestors, particularly women. Using language and movement, the two parts of the film create a conversation connecting the past and future. Using performance as a universal language of storytelling, the work highlights the importance of maintaining Indigenous cultures that are becoming lost through colonisation. Ranginui + Papatūānuku reflects the Polynesian cultural connection towards the land and sea, highlighted through traditional storytelling dance. Through sound, performance, and a water wall, Hogg highlights and foregrounds Polynesian belief systems and traditional practices.