Huni Mancini’s video We Carry Their Voices documents the Archive of Maori and Pacific Sound where she currently works in Aotearoa. The AMPS archive is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year but celebrations were postponed due to COVID-19. Filmed on an iPhone Mancini documents the final days of working with the archive before it moves, speaking to her experience of transcribing the Tongan Collection alongside her mother and layers music from the archive to express the multiplicity of voices held in the archive. Her work considers how we access and activate knowledge voiced by our ancestors and the importance of respecting the archive as a tapu (sacred) space.
Read the transcript for the video here.