LIBBY HARWARD SHARES A VISION FOR SYSTEMS OF CARE.
At Next Wave’s Festival 2020 Program Launch (RIP), artist Libby Harward addressed the nation live to air, and put forward a vision that reinstates First Nations sovereignty over our lands and waters, and advocates for systems of care and traditional governance.
She said, “We don’t have to build a brand new model for environmental management, because the model we would imagine already exists, and prior to colonisation it served us for millennia”.
In this moment of forced slowing-down, Libby’s vision rings even truer as we consider how to move forwards together.
NEXT WAVE’S POLICY MAKERS
Next Wave Festival 2020 artists share what’s inspiring them. First up, Leisuretime I artists, Rebecca Mccauley & Aaron Claringbold (VIC).
My recommendation is an essay I recently read that has stuck with me called 39 Steps Across the Border and Back from Rebecca Solnit’s Storming the gates of paradise: landscapes for politics.
I think JSTOR made access free due to COVID so you should be able to access it through the link. Its a v interesting piece of writing on the conceptualisation of borders (particularly the US/Mexican border) throughout Western occupation of America, and makes a great analogy between the manicured lawns of middle American suburbs and the psyche of a border state.
My recommendation is for a text first presented as part of Documenta14; Writing the Ecocide-Genocide Knot: Indigenous Knowledge and Critical Theory in the Endgame by Gene Ray.
This has been one of the most generous and generative texts for my practice. Notional about Critical Theory, I’ve found it much more open and accessible than that. Can be hard/slow reading but very worth it (imo). Written from a settler positionally it is a really succinct outline of a particular worldview and way of framing the suite of problems humanity is facing.
NEXT WAVE IS READING
A selection of readings to keep you engaged and entertained while you’re social distancing. Pour yourself a coffee (or Quarantini) and stay connected.
Moorina is reading,
Research as ceremony: articulating an indigenous research paradigm
Roslyn is reading,
The Uncanny Melancholy of Empty Photographs in The Time of Coronavirus
Priya is reading,
Coronavirus Will Change the World Permanently. Here’s How.
Anita is reading,
The Friday poem: ‘Monica’
Emily is watching,
The Unbound Collective: Bound & Unbound Act 1