Featured Image credit: Sista Zai Zanda. AfrikaSpeaksBack Photo Series. Lensed by cottoncakediaries. Produced by Ntombi Moyo Threads by Sha Gaze x Goo Life clothing Earrings by Ovazania

On Power Conversations

Sat, 19 Oct 2019 3:00 am


Schoolhouse Studios
81 Rupert St



CALD, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, LGBTIQA+ people, People with disability and concession card holders will have FREE access to all events. (self-identification required only)

We ask all non-identifying allies to pay the ticket price of $10.

More information about MAV’s trial ticketing policy here.


When you don’t see a platform that exists for you or those around you, how do you come together to make one? Sista Zai Zanda is a storyteller and curator who provides platforms for artists through Pan Afrikan Poets Café. She’s performed her own work on various stages and provided platforms for many more.

Hear insights into how to keep community building and care at the core of what you do. How do we forge our own ways to imagine a better future?

CHANGING HOW STORIES ARE TOLDHow are stories from the margins told? In a quest for “diversity” or notions of “authenticity” within the dominant culture, there can be tropes that define those from outside it.

As talk of diversity, inclusion and representation build momentum within Eurocentric institutions, it can feel as if artists are being placed in pigeonholes – the way that artistic expression of culturally diverse person can be flat and two dimensional. Roanna GonsalvesEugenia FlynnDr. Priya Srinivasan and Hella Ibrahim discuss ways of challenging the tropes and tokenism that can plague the way art from the margins is pulled into the centre.

Hosted by Samuel Gaskin. Performances by Jonathan Homsey, Priya Srinivasan and Uthra Vijayaraghavan.