Every action is born of experience. The QUO curate stories that will help broaden our understanding of what is happening around us, and inspire action. Based on the lived experiences of our contributors, the stories here cover issues that are at the heart of our development as a community.
Clinton Pryor, a young Wajuk, Baradung, Kija and Yulparitja man, is only a few months away from completing his walk from Perth to Canberra to put First Nations' issues at the forefront of the national agenda.
“People have been telling our stories of resistance from a colonial perspective for hundreds of years now and I think it’s important for us to take back the narrative.” Anishinaabekwe activist Sarain Carson-Fox hosts RISE, a docu-series premiering on SBS VICELAND at 9:30pm on Thursday 27 July 2017. Filmed by Joanna Cabot.
"I think for me the purpose of art is not only to reveal our own truths, but to do it in a way that helps others find something in theirs." Creative and disability advocate Emily Dash tackles the themes of identity and public perception in PACT Salon 2: Skeletons and Self-Portraits.
"If you have a physical illness like a cold or the flu, nobody really hesitates to tell anybody. I feel like it should be the same with mental illness." The Bumblefly Effect is an intersectional collective of creatives committed to breaking the stigma around mental health.
“This generation will not wait - if our politicians won’t lead, then we’ll give them no choice but to follow." Power Shift is a three day youth climate summit focused on inspiring young people from all walks of life to take action against climate change.
"Critiques of whiteness, hyper-masculinity, patriarchy, heteronormativity, colonialism or any other -isms I approach don’t stem from isolated incidents or abstract examples. They come from observing the men, white folk, settlers, cis-hets and women in my life perpetuating and being complicit in the maintenance of these constructs." Moreblessing candidly explains why allies need to do better.
"All over the world we have this caricature of the docile Muslim woman who doesn't really fight for herself and who is subordinated by her husband, but I want to show these women in a very different light. They wear hijabs, they’re very much rooted in their faith and they're also badass organisers." Chaumtoli Huq, the producer of Sramik Awaaz: Workers' Voices, explains why we need to listen to these Bangladeshi garment workers.
"Almost all major circus and cabaret shows in Australia are geared towards a white heterosexual cis male audience because guess who produces these shows?" Alexandra Mantoura's HEAR OUR VOICE is a photographic campaign demanding representation for creatives in Sydney.