Mana Contemporary founder Moishe Mana took a philosophical - and political - point of view at a booth housing a numerology/virtual reality piece, "Quadrium Arithmetic" on Tuesday night, as Mana Wynwood opened to a crowd of thousands for the week. Wheelchair bound after recent knee surgery, Mana assured a reporter that numerologist and psychic Martin Dafni Gal, one of Quadrium's creators, was "the real deal." And that the mission of his vast Miami space, a placeholder for a still more ambitious cultural development whose exhibits this week include the Pinta Latin American art fair, was to raise consciousness.
Guests at the Mana Wynwood opening Tuesday night experiencing the virtual reality piece "Quadrium Arithmetic"
"We do not know where we're going or what we're doing or what comes next," said Mana. "Our Mana project is to elevate awareness, consciousness, morality, or we'll end up destroying the world. Those are the words of inventor Nikola Tesla [the subject of another exhibit at the space this week.] If you don't have the morals, the awareness, nothing means anything."
Psychic and artist Martin Dafnis Gal (left) and Mana Contemporary founder Moishe Mana on Tuesday evening at the opening of Mana Wynwood.
The subject of morality sent Mana into politics. "My message for people who voted for Trump is that winning isn't everything," said the Israeli cultural entrepreneur, who this fall displayed the famed "naked Trump" statues at his Miami and New Jersey projects and offered to donate $1 million to charity if the president-elect would release his tax returns. "How much are we going to compromise our life and our principles? Many times winning is not worth it. The problem is we don't learn."