Collective of South Sudanese Women
Diäär Kuo, meaning ‘our women’, is a collective of South Sudanese women who, together, use traditional beadwork and coil weaving to create home décor, jewellery, and clothing.
The group first began working together in 2018, inspired by a weaving workshop facilitated by community leader and expert weaver, Mary Anwat. For Diäär Kuo, women’s weaving circles represent an opportunity to create a stronger community and to learn and to share evolving handicraft methods across generations, both young and old.
Diäär Kuo have previously exhibited at MAV’s Interwoven exhibition.
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.