“Amanyi” (translates directly to “power” from Luganda) by Ree, from Submerged 2021.

Matisse Laida + Nisha Hunter

QPOC Multi-disciplinary Creatives

Matisse and Nisha are both QPOC multi-disciplinary creatives who share a love for food and cooking.

Matisse Laida Matisse Laida (They/She) is an actor, writer and producer based in Wurundgeri country. 

Matisse founded We Eatin Good (WEG), a platform for queer First Nations, Black, and POC to showcase food and identity. Through WEG, Matisse has had the opportunity to meet and work with community, to hear and share their stories. Matisse has also hosted and produced a web-series with In(V)isible the Drum, curated Next Wave’s Radical Hospitality event, and co-directed and produced a documentary commissioned by Multi-Cultural Arts Victoria.

Matisse’s practice centres the community they are a part of, as queer, Black/Latinx person. They have shared their experience through their podcast Braided, the documentary film Purrr, panels with Solidarity Film Festival and Minus 18, and through CLUB NITE, a play they co-wrote, produced and performed in, that recently completed its sold out run at Miscellania.

Nisha Hunter is a 23 year old, queer, mixed South Asian artist based in Naarm. Nisha Hunter's practice is an ongoing exploration of identity, informed by their queerness and cultural background. Their practice is an exploration of identity, informed by their queerness and cultural background. Nisha has experience as a studio - based and exhibiting artist, specialising in video, photography, textiles and installation. They have also worked in the commercial industry, allowing them to build pre and postproduction skills. Nisha has applied their artistic skills in their role as producer and director of photography for We Eatin’ Good.

Matisse Laida + Nisha Hunter. Photo by Nisha Hunter