Nargis has created a poetic video work about the loneliness of the pandemic.
It is a way of reaching out to others who she knows must be out there, who went through similar things.
This work is a vessel for communicating vulnerable, lived experiences that she hopes more people can be brave enough to talk about and be listened to with compassion and understanding.
“The opportunity offered by Duniya Behter was nothing I had been given before and I immediately felt that it was a really special project. Growing up in Australia as an ethnic child, we were never seen as special. We were always put to the side, but with Duniya Behter I feel like my voice, experiences and opinions really do matter and have value. I really enjoyed meeting new people and being able to open up after being very reserved for such a long time.”
LONE by Nargis Alsakir is presented as a part of Duniya Behter.
Duniya Behter is supported by the Victorian Government through the Priority Response to Multicultural Communities during Coronavirus (PRMC) program.
Nargis Alsakir is a young Iraqi woman born and raised in Shepparton, currently studying at Latrobe University, Melbourne. She loves spoken word and the power it has to convey ideas and emotions by captivating audiences in ways that elude other forms of expression. Nargis is also curious to explore the poetry of film and its potential to express ideas beyond still images, with recent experiments into abstract film investigating its subjectivity and connection with the spoken word.
From 11 Aug 2021
Duniya Behter shifts the mainstream narrative about people with migrant and refugee backgrounds, from vulnerable to capable. Women and young people in Bendigo and Shepparton drew from their cultural roots, to build creative businesses and produce new digital creative works. The name, Duniya Behter, emerged from conversations with young Cultural Facilitators employed to work on this project and it speaks to the spirit and intention of MAV’s regional Victoria program. It is a reflection of some of the cultures in Bendigo and Shepparton where the project is based. Duniya means the world in Arabic, Hindi and it’s also found in the languages of Swahili, Hazaragi, Urdu and Persian, where it holds a similar meaning. Behter means better but working together to make better.