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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Amrita Hepi

A Glossary of Movement

ANTI/ANTE DANCER : (noun) A dancer who is preoccupied not with the expressive notion of dance, but with the possibilities, communities, kinships and images that emerge from the pursuit of pleasure and rigour through dancing. ‘AUTHENTICITY’ : (noun) A dilemma to be inspected, in dance as much as in handbags. The anti-dancer moves towards the […]

Zoë Marni Robertson

Anticolonial Fireman Stripper Communes with (Wronged) Asterion in the Last Days of Fountains, 2019, acrylic (mis-tints) on poly-cotton (discarded quilt cover), 1400 × 2100 mm Manspread, 2020, acrylic (mis-tints) on (discarded) board, 300 × 400 mm Pasiphaë Poster, 2020, acrylic (mis-tints) on (discarded) Masonite, 1220 × 2440 mm Sexualised Workers Mural (‘Real’ vs. Actual Work: […]

Lisa Lerkenfeldt

SHELTER PRESS · The Weight Of History #![](/old-images/14-2/11.lisa-lerkenfeldt/un14.2_LLp1.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/11.lisa-lerkenfeldt/un14.2_LLp2.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/11.lisa-lerkenfeldt/un14.2_LLp3.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/11.lisa-lerkenfeldt/un14.2_LLp4.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/11.lisa-lerkenfeldt/un14.2_LLp5.jpg) Against classicism and for the possibility of new movements in sound, works from a series of 58 notations with three combs. All images courtesy the artist: *One*, 2020; *Twenty*, 2020; *Fifteen*, 2020; *Seventeen*, 2020, ink on paper, 27.9 x 21 cm, unframed. *14 […]

Sumugan Sivanesan

Flight Simulator (Schematic)

Sumugan Sivanesan is an anti-disciplinary artist and writer. Often working collaboratively, his interests span minority politics, artist infrastructures and more-than human rights. Sumugan organises with Black Earth, a collective who address interacting issues of race, gender, colonialism and climate justice in Berlin.

Brian Obiri-Asare

Exiled Out There, Inside the Margins, Together

If they don’t see the joy in the film at least they’ll see the black Take My Hand, Let’s Dwell In This Space A pair of Black filmmakers. They’ve always been outsiders. At odds with the psychosis of whiteness, their lived experience has always been one of rootlessness and existential absurdity. One of being a […]

Hannah Wu

Notes on Sediment

To recall is to mine. Language that is used to describe memory may refer to a geological excavation, a process of extracting from the past.[^1] Dig through densely sedimented layers of events, unbury the precious minerals of history. But the past is not constituted by solid ground, does not consist of absolute occurrences. We have […]

Lou Garcia-Dolnik

Mother Dialectic

Lou Garcia-Dolnik is a poet working on unceded Gadigal land. A poetry editor for Voiceworks and alumnus of the Banff Centre’s Emerging Writers Intensive, their work has been shortlisted in the 2020 Blake Poetry Prize, awarded third place in PRISM International’s Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize and second place in Overland’s Judith Wright Poetry Prize. They […]

Elena Gomez and Rosie Isaac

In Conversation with Fiona Foley

un Magazine: Could you tell us a bit about your country? Fiona Foley: I was born on my Country, which is Maryborough. We have two tracks of land. We have six islands and one of those islands is Fraser Island, also known as K’gari — it’s the largest sand island in the world. On the […]

Jinghua Qian

I Can’t Apply for Another Grant

My friends keep sending me grants and opportunities. I appreciate it, I really do. It’s nice to know that people are thinking of me. But I never want to apply for a grant again. I can’t. My body recoils. It feels like taking my skin off for nothing. We’ve all been talking a lot this […]

Hana Pera Aoake and Morgan Godfery

Land Back: On Language, Bodies and ‘Cheaty’ Settlements

Whatungarongaro te tangata toituu te whenua (As man disappears from sight, the land remains) Indigenous struggles against capitalism and imperialism are often struggles orientated around land. As Maaori, we base our rela- tionship with land on reciprocity, physically and ethically com- mitting ourselves to land through a just and sustainable give and take. We even […]

David Egan

Cells

#![](/old-images/14-2/16.david-egan/cells1.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/16.david-egan/cells2.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/16.david-egan/cells3.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/16.david-egan/cells4.jpg) #![](/old-images/14-2/16.david-egan/cells5.jpg) David Egan is an artist based in Naarm/Melbourne. All drawings courtesy the artist, 2020. This text is also available as a radio play performed by Brennan Olver, Katherine Botten, Clare Longley and Lucreccia Quintanilla, with music by Wet Kiss.

Autumn Royal and Lorilee Yang

More decorative than a swash — Towards a flourish

Autumn Royal is a poet, researcher and educator based in Narrm/Melbourne. Autumn is an associate editor for Liquid Architecture’s Disclaimer journal and interviews editor for Cordite Poetry Review. Lorilee Yang is an artist who lives and works in Naarm (Melbourne).

Tristen Harwood and Wally Wilfred

Dhyakiyarr vs The King (2018)

Dhyakiyarr vs The King Wally Wilfred’s sculpture Dhyakiyarr vs The King delves into the story of Dhakiyarr, a respected Balamumu leader from north-east Arnhem Land. In 1932, five Japanese and two white trepangers were speared at Woodah Island in Blue Mud Bay. The fishermen had violated territorial rights, threatened local people with guns and raped […]

Tristen Harwood and Wally Wilfred

After the rescue (2020)

In 1911, during the wet season, Northern Territory police officer Constable Johns arrested Ayaiga, also known as ‘Neighbour’ and three other Aboriginal men accused of robbing a white man’s hut. Johns shackled the four prisoners and they began the 32-kilometre journey to Roper Bar Police Station on foot, escorted by Johns on horseback. Arriving at […]

Timmah Ball

Blueprint for Another World

By definition, there is no master sketch for what such a thing might look like. It can only be an experiment. — Maggie Nelson Section 1: A Portrait of the Writer as a Failed Urbanist In Carceral Capitalism, Jackie Wang stares into an abyss of hopelessness, acutely aware that prison abolition is as implausible as […]

Carly Stone and Lujayn Hourani

Speaking of Positionality, Your Body is a Little Off Centre

When I leave Lujayn’s room and I turn off the light, I turn off the dark as well. The paradox of form and void is that each exists by virtue of the other’s appearance and also by virtue of the other’s disappearance. The dark exists because there is light; this is obvious. You turn on […]

Jung Sujin

Folding the Monument

Alongside the Black Lives Matter movement, the anti- monument movement has been growing. In Bristol in the United Kingdom, a statue of slave trader Edward Colston was dragged down and dumped in the river; in the United States, ‘statues of Christopher Columbus have been beheaded.’[^1] In Australia, although colonial statues have largely avoided destruction thus […]

Khalid Warsame

Tracing Transcendence

Franz Kafka’s short story ‘The City Coat of Arms’ (1931), begins with a group of people who all agree that it would be a great idea to build a tower. ‘At first all the arrangements for building the Tower of Babel were characterized by fairly good order … perhaps too perfect.’ Arrangements are made for […]

Jessie Bullivant

Dear E

Dear E, I read in an article that the letter ‘E’ is what you preferred to be known as towards the end of your life.[^1] I’m accepting this, as I cannot ask you or seek your consent. It’s 2020. I am writing about your famed decision to boycott women in 1971, and a selection of […]

Melody Paloma

Seeing Hannah/Seeing Words: On Hannah Weiner’s Clairvoyance

I was sprinting when I first heard Hannah Weiner’s voice. I’d developed a habit of running along the Merri Creek and, instead of listening to music, I would listen to audio recordings of poets reading and talking. I’d picked the recording almost at random from the PennSound archive, having never read her work before. It […]

Laura Brown

Building an Army of Love: In Conversation with Ingo Niermann

Under a white London sky in October 2019, I entered the deep red interior of Alexa Karolinski and Ingo Niermann’s exhibition Army of Love at Auto Italia South East. Two wall- wide films were playing in conjoined spaces. The first, Army of Love (2016), is a kind of documentary-campaign for the larger Army of Love, […]

Nanette Orly

The Slow Burn

A shift towards advocating for full representation within the arts sector has encouraged an increase in programming across artist-run and institutional spaces that supports and prioritises culturally diverse artists. However, there is still a need to address the underrepresentation of curators from a variety of backgrounds employed within these cultural organisations. If the curator’s etymological […]

Nuraini Juliastuti

Care, Practice and Art Communities in Indonesia

This essay narrates the direction of contemporary art practices in post-1998 Indonesia through a discussion about care, viability of artists’ projects — using Parasite Lottery, Gudskul and Serikat Sindikasi as case studies — and the sustainability of cultural ecosystems. It provides historical accounts of how these initiatives emerged in contemporary Indonesia, and the ways that […]

Jemi Gale

Cyndi Lauper is the only person who cares about me (or) Anne Sexton as a pop girl

do you need some hope? a friend told me I need a taser. fear and violence. I felt no one would talk to me. having no one to share your achievements with everytime that you create a new world. I’m sorry I care about you. I’m afraid to ask for more of your time. I […]