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Features

July 24, 2016

Sophie Giblin is a artist, feminist, educator, and founder of Kollektiv Gallery in the UK. She spoke with the Salient arts editors about Kollektiv’s latest project—Lokal Stories—which explores the hate that marginalised groups experience online. The project is in collaboration with local artists Jordana Bragg and Hana Pera Aoake, and brings internet culture to the […]

July 24, 2016

At this stage of early adulthood, we all want to figure out who we are and what we truly care about doing. No matter how far I search, there’s something I always keep coming back to. It is the way in which I experience the world through my body—the body of a young Māori woman. […]

July 24, 2016

Women’s bodies have not been ours for a long time; they are commodified, traumatised, taken as ‘spoils’ during wartime, and sterilized without consent. We bear the sole responsibility of contraception, yet we still cannot decide if and when to terminate a pregnancy. When I think about all the times I’ve had to defend abortion as […]

July 24, 2016

“If somebody doesn’t like this painting… then I know they can’t be my friend.” — Madonna, to Vanity Fair in 1991, on Frida Kahlo’s painting My Birth.   Jayne accidentally underwent a Frida Kahlo immersion experience. On the Friday night she attended La Casa Azul at Circa Theatre, and the following Saturday she drove to […]

July 17, 2016

I came out as bi for the first time at the rather ripe age of 19. It came across suddenly—I only began questioning my sexuality a few months prior after I realised what I thought was merely a friend crush on a woman was actually a crush-crush. I only realised it was a crush-crush after […]

July 17, 2016

LGBT people have been part of New Zealand society since long before colonisation, but that doesn’t mean they have always been accepted. LGBT people have fought for equal rights in New Zealand for decades, and this fight has built the foundations for the rights and acceptance that LGBT people now live within. A fight that […]

July 17, 2016

Gender is a social construct. You can’t get through a liberal arts degree without either saying this, hearing this, or reading this. But what does it actually mean? As a young transgender person, for me that statement meant that gender was a mental phenomenon, something in your brain. Something that was different to sex, which […]

July 17, 2016

Fa’atama. Fa’afatama. These are words that aren’t said very often. You’ll even get people claiming we don’t exist. But we do. So now our existence has been established, I ought to say that so often with minority communities, when we speak, it’s heard as “on behalf of all.” To be clear: this is my perspective. […]

July 10, 2016

My sister and I were raised bilingually and biculturally between Ruatoria and Wellington. We are as comfortable with a tea towel in hand at Hiruharama Pa as we are dropping kai off to Mum at the Beehive. This is testament to the upbringing my parents wanted and secured for us, modelled on the concepts of […]

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