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.
"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.
We all know that STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) fields remain dominated by men, particularly in the higher levels of academia. Nathalie Farah, a Bachelor of Advanced Sciences student at the University of Queensland, talks all things chemistry in plain English.
In 1881 a First Nations community challenged the Aboriginal Protection Board in an attempt to continue their self-sustaining farming on the Coranderrk Aboriginal Reserve. Adapted from transcripts of the Victorian government's inquiry into the matter, Corandeerk is a landmark play exploring themes of belonging, self-determination and identity.
“Why did I want to be here for two years, to pay taxes, to work, to put all my effort here? We’re bringing kids, we’re living our life, and then we need to leave. To go where? And start what?” Joanna investigates the human impact of the recent changes to the 457 visa.
"Hear our voices save us from these troubles." Ravi is a survivor of Australia's No Advantage Asylum Policy. He was detained in Nauru and Victoria for over 3 years. Upon his release in 2016, Ravi launched his poetry anthology 'From Hell to Hell' and continues to speak out on behalf of those who remain incarcerated in Australia's onshore and offshore mandatory detention centres.
"Although no group of people is ever homogenous, someone who has experienced homelessness, for example, has a better idea of how to engage and talk about the issues of homelessness than someone who hasn’t." Morgan explains why we need to stop othering those with lived experience, and let them lead the way in advocacy.