Rebellion and Creativity
Pass It On! Panel #2
- Online TALK
Presented in partnership with the Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network, Deakin University, this panel will explore the intersections between creative expression and activism.
Pushing back, rising up, speaking out!
Pass it on! Intergenerational conversations about Protest and Activism is a panel series that will explore the pride and passion of protest in a historic and contemporary context.
For the second panel discussion of the series, join us for a conversation with multi-disciplinary creatives as they discuss how they use their creative practices as a powerful tool for resistance and rebellion.
Each panellist will discuss how they harness their creativity to shine a critical or oppositional light on current social, environmental, and political issues and use their art-based activism as agents of change.
Onsite tickets include after-hours access to Becoming You: An incomplete guide until 9pm, pending reopening.
Panel #1: Thursday 14 October: Queering Ethnicities
Panel #3: Thursday 16 December: Media and Activism
Grace Dlabik is a proud Melanesian Papua New Guinean/ Austrian, mama, carer, aunty, sister and a multidisciplinary Creative Director who has carved out an impressive career. She is an influencer across many industries, as well as a dedicated activist, community leader and entrepreneur spanning over two decades. Yet Grace is as much an industry influencer as she is a contributor. Founder of BE. and BE. ONE CREATIVE, she is a highly sought after trailblazer all while maintaining an ethically minded ethos and focus. Dubbed by The Age newspaper as "Melbourne's best kept secret", Grace’s curatorial portfolio is marked not just by its successes but also by the hard-earned respect emanating from her industry peers. With a finger firmly on the pulse of the creative world at large, community and young lives, Grace combines this with a deep passion for strategy planning and execution in order to build foundations for legacy work for the next generations.
Adrian Doyle is a Melbourne-based artist, best known for his paintings, murals, installations, and large-scale public artworks. Growing up in Frankston, Doyle began his art life scribbling on trains, playing in drains, and exploring abandoned buildings. As he got older, he managed to get into art school. He set up the now infamous Blender Studios in 2001 as he was finishing his MFA at VCA., which has now been running for 20 years. Doyle has played a key role in the Australian fine art and street art scene with his work extending from solo exhibitions to large-scale commissioned public art and installations. With many major awards under his belt, including The Martin Bequest, Australia Council, The Pratt Family, Doyle has exhibited internationally and is in public and private and institutional collections worldwide.
Nicky Minus is a graphic designer, painter and cartoonist working on Wurundjeri Country. They have been a delegate with the National Union of Workers, a member of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union and is currently with the Independent Education Union and Australian Services Union. They have been actively involved in several grassroots campaigns, including Blockade IMARC, Victorian Socialists and currently the Save Preston Market campaign, as well as a number of trade union campaigns.
Neil Morris is a Yorta Yorta yiyirr. A poet, musician, community-based activist, broadcaster. Known notably for his music project DRMNGNOW and indefatigable advocacy work around First Nations, rights, culture and country. Morris has made a significant mark within the decolonial movement in so called Australia with his clear messaging around the importance of Indigenous Sovereignty, Country and Decolonial paradigms since releasing song 'Australia Does Not Exist' in 2018. Coupled with his tireless work in advocacy, and awareness of key matters at the soul of this land, Morris is firmly centred in the vanguard of change now.
Panel Chair: Daniella Trimboli
Dr Daniella Trimboli works between Kaurna Country, Tarntanya/Adelaide, and Wurundjeri Country, Naarm/Melbourne as a Cultural Studies scholar and community arts practitioner specialising in intersectional migrant identities.
She is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University, Boon Wurrung Country. Daniella has worked as a Research Fellow at the Research Unit in Public Cultures at The University of Melbourne and has taught in Cultural Studies and Australian Studies at The University of Melbourne and Flinders University respectively.
She is a Contributing Editor of the Journal of Intercultural Studies and the author of Mediating Multiculturalism: Digital Storytelling and the Everyday Ethnic (Anthem Press, 2020).
Daniella’s research operates at the intersection of multiculturalism and diaspora studies, critical race theory, and creative practice. In 2013, she co-founded the (now archived) online arts community ‘I’ll Be Your First Mate’ on the topic of asylum seeking and migration; and, with Drs Michel O’Brien (Central Washington University) and Safdar Ahmed (Refugee Art Project), is currently managing ‘Cosmopolitan Possibilities’: a research project on the role of digital narratives for diasporic communities in the Transpacific.
Proudly supported by the Asian Media and Cultural Studies Network, Deakin University