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BLACK BIRDS DIRECTOR AYEESHA ASH TALKS ABOUT THE PROCESS OF KNOWING AND DOING.

At Next Wave’s Festival 2020 Program Launch, artist and Director of Black Birds, Ayeesha Ash addressed the nation and shared her experiences of slowing down, listening and learning.

"Over the course of the past 5 years we’ve been fortunate enough to create and share work that tells our stories; the stories of our families and our communities, on our terms.

"They’ve ranged from stories about our beloved grandparents, stories of our hair being grabbed by strangers in the street, that time we got confused for Macy Gray, or Mel B, or Halle Berry…I absolutely ran with that one, but that’s not the story that I’m going to share with you today.

“Instead, I want to tell you about a mountain and how it’s made me really think about how I can know and do better as an artist and a person. And hopefully it makes you think about a few things too.”

Ayeesha spoke to the nation about realising what you don’t know, and doing something about it. Things are changing like rapid-fire and we’re in a constant state of information-overload. How do we slow down and lead by listening and learning?

WATCH SPEECH

NEXT WAVE’S POLICY MAKERS
Next Wave Festival 2020 artists share what’s inspiring them.

Ayeesha Ash:
I just finished reading She Said, written by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey about breaking the Weinstein story.

We’ve also just launched our own Black Birds podcast called No Offence, But. The first episode dropped this week and is hosted by me and features Sydney-based comedian, performer and podcast host, Ruby Teys.

View their Next Wave project, ORA | mate here

Ngioka Bunda-Heath:
My recommendations are Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe, anything by Lizzo and the Pandemic docuseries on Netflix. I’ve also been doing lots of yoga at home on my balcony and hanging out with my handsome and at times annoying Toyger cat, Meshehpeshu.

View their Next Wave project Birrpai here

NEXT WAVE IS READING
A selection of readings destined to disrupt your WFH rhythm, screen fatigue and isolation algorithm. Put on your good track pants, and sink into the cosiest spot in your house/home office.

Anita is reading,
The Monthly: Wage Fright
Alec is reading,
Africa Is A Country: The Necropolitics of COVID-19
Nikki is reading,
Peril Magazine: Art in an Apocalyptical World
Sully is listening to,
Liberation Loops: Pod Mapping, Disability Justice and COVID-19, Manisha Anjali’s Electric Lotus
Emily is listening to,
KYLE WHYTE on the Colonial Genesis of Climate Change /154
Bron is watching,
ME Pearl Presents PROPER OPOSSUM MASSAGE
Priya is listening to,
Movement Building in the Time of Coronavirus: A Rising Majority Teach-In

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  1. Ayesha Ash at NWF2020 Program Launch