“This Dome is an art project that combines Karen music, poetry, and video recording that examines the life of migrants and refugees during a lockdown period. We have incorporated spoken word and music to produce slices of life experienced by a family, community, and friends during the lockdown and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The idea of a safe dome, perhaps a house, in the Australian suburb is explored in this project. It is a unit that is both connected to the larger social phenomena, such as the health and economic crises brought by COVID-19. However, beyond being safe, secure, and immune from the deadly and infectious disease, a house can be a world, or a small planet, where relationships exist between familial and intimate connections. Perhaps, it can be the experience of a family and their connection to their outside world, their extended family, friends, neighbours, and community.”
Reagan Romero Maiquez: Poetry, Sound, Editing
Eh Su: Music Performance, Lyrics, Editing
This Dome by Reagan Romero Maiquez and Eh Su is created for Shelter 2020.
Writer, Producer, Researcher and Teacher
Reagan Romero Maiquez completed his doctoral degree at Monash University’s Theatre, Performance, and Music Program and received the department’s best thesis award for his ethnographic research on flow and performances in the Sinulog Festival of Cebu, the Philippines.
Community Strengthening Officer, Social Worker, and Cultural Worker
Eh Su is the secretary and general coordinator of the arts and cultural group, the Australian Karen Cultural Association Inc.