un Projects is based on the unceded sovereign land and waters of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation; we pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
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Ruby Djikarra Alderton and Bianca Acimovic

To return is to remember: Ruby Djikarra Alderton and Bianca Acimovic in conversation

Ruby, you are sitting in front of me. I see you. I see you physically. But how do you actually want me to see you? How do you describe yourself to the world today? Within the artistic world, I often found that being my mother’s daughter came with a lot of expectations. It took many […]

Wendy Hubert

D Duan

Sigil Crystallised in the Glyph of 亞 as We Watch You from the Cusp of Ten Thousand Collapse

Eugene Hawkins and Anjelica Angwin

Femcel: a short film about art and nothingness

INT. EVANGELINE’S BEDROOM. NIGHT. EVANGELINE (mid-20s), dressed from the neck down in her  fursona — a Pink Husky Dog Fursuit in Shibari bondage — paces around her room. She sits at her desk and stares into the glowing ring light affixed to her phone, which stands ready to record. In the background, the documentary All […]

Bahar Sayed and Gemma Weston


In our previous editorial for Issue 17.1 we described the decision to explore the theme RESIST before this issue’s theme of RETURN as an instinctual decision. On reflection, this is not true. Our intent in choosing both words as prompts was to understand how they manifest in creative work. We see them everywhere: in material, […]

Jack Ball

Magic marker 8, 2023

Jack Ball, Magic marker 8, 2023, inkjet print on rag, aluminium pins, acrylic paint, 80x 110 cm. Image courtesy the artist and sweet pea.

Hana Pera Aoake

RECLAIM: Whatungarongaro te tangata toitū te whenua – The land disappears from sight, man remains

Hana Pera Aoake Te Ao Māori[1] asks us to reflect upon the stories of our ancestors as a way of understanding how we navigate the present and understand our responsibilities in the future. For instance, the stories of the demigod and trickster Māui, whoses name means to question and challenge, changed the world with the […]

Justine Youssef

In exchange for a twisted shield

Every hour I am paid more than twice a day’s wage to put a stranger to sleep. I stroke their hair three times then kiss their forehead in reverse. They leave their body so that another might enter as the strip lights change from green to blue. Reception tells me they come here to surrender, […]


Corinna Berndt


A contemplation on the alphabet of a not-so-distant future: The found debris revealed that the written word was once considered to be a form of digital code.  (data). It existed inside and outside of the computer as a made-up system of discrete differentiable units. When assembled in certain ways, the meaning of alphabetic sequences could […]

Marguerite Carson

Machine Language

To continue, to pick up where something was left off. The prefix ‘re-’ descends from a root meaning ‘turn’ — the return is a doubling, a sitting within the previously inhabited material presence that was left and come back to. Ekphrasis enacts a close reading of an artwork through text, the formation of a double […]

Tui Raven

Breathing our ancestors through colonial structures

Within the hallowed halls of galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAM), Indigenous voices echo with stories that transcend time and space. As an Indigenous person, working within these spaces is a profound exploration into unravelling the remnants of colonial legacies, rediscovering Indigenous perspectives and championing a way to understand our now shared histories. As an […]

Robert Cook and Benjamin Forster

This is not my life anymore miss u burning for u xx 

Remember how we were a liberation army of two? How this two was framed by a third who ensured our brattishness didn’t _______ even ourselves? How ____ framed that burning year as a performance that could have so easily been another Burning Man fiasco, and that _____ our overinvested will to immolation. That beauty belongs […]

Tahmina Maskinyar

What could have been < > what could be

In the nineteenth century, French philosopher Victor Cousins seeded the idea of l’art pour l’art (art for art’s sake)[1], a phrase that has echoed into contemporary neo-liberal discourse to negate the need to consider politics in art encounters. However, for bodies that exist within any intersection of marginalisation and oppression, there is an understanding that […]

Suzanne Claridge

Sugar Flames

Walking along refinery drive down the harbourside I find three balls of steel corroded with rust, sweat and sugar. Monumental minor time dial turn anti-ode as antidote to a century and a half ago. Fiona pulls into the harbour carrying her precious cargo hand cultivated raw cane sugar precarious bodies, their coloured labour. Machines refine […]

daniel ward

You give me a mirror i tell you it’s mostly

the following is an excerpt of a poem responding to BIOGRAPHICALITY (2023) curated by Dominic Eichler at Efremidis, Berlin featuring Tony Just, Tamar Magradze, Anne Jud, Marita Liiten, Alex Müller, Xavier Robles de Medina and Stephanie Stein. This text responds to One Night Locked in S036 (1979) a portrait series and performance where Anne Jud […]

Katie Paine

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30 short, tentative steps. I came back by accident, took a peculiar shortcut, and found myself in a familiar hospital courtyard of bleached concrete. Infinite rows of windows peer down from a sandy brick façade; a stern assembly of quiet observers. Pungent bile rises in my stomach. Waves of nausea descend and my vision becomes […]

Elyas Alavi

Memory is a dagger, 2022

Leila el Rayes

vulnerable & volatile, 2016 / the stone throwers slingshot, 2018 / Dancing in the crevice of desire, 2018

To read this piece in full in the print version of un Magazine 17.1 RESIST.

Olga Svyatova

Dear Friend, 2021-ongoing

Olga Svyatova is an artist from Russia, now based in Eora/Sydney. In their practice they explore complex links between memory, relationships and identity.

Jack Mitchell

Returning to Resistance Transmission: a conversation with Eliki Reade

In 2019, Jack Mitchell of Black White and Bluespace and Eliki Reade of New Wayfinders collaborated on Resistance Transmission — ten days of deep listening events on Boon Wurrung Country that aimed to deepen the audience’s relationship with the Maribyrnong river through storytelling, song, poetry and yarning, or talanoa. Held within the Due West Arts […]

Marnie Badham, Kelly Hussey-Smith and Nina Mulhall

Artist-led Public Pedagogies: resistance and ‘caretaking’ in Concentric Curriculum

What if we made the skilled labour of listening, building relationships, and ongoing maintenance more visible in public pedagogy and socially negotiated art?1 What if we understood such work as forms of caretaking while actively resisting the enabling of broken systems? Community engaged arts work has come under scrutiny for its often misguided ‘good intentions’ […]

Marguerite Carson

Language Machine

Paint pours through a system. Run of the mill white emulsion runs through pipes into canvas, fills canvas, pours out, through a series of neatly cut holes, runs down, is caught, fed into pump, fed into pipes, into canvas, through and round. Natasha Kidd’s Flow and Return (2006) is a cyclical loop of white paint […]

Sam Elkin

Yesterday, a man pissed on the arts centre

I didn’t notice that his fly was down at first. I thought maybe he was a bit out of it as he leaned on the front window to support himself. I peered at his face from the other side of the glass. He looked serene, beatific even, with a soft, gentle grin on his face. […]