Monday, November 23, 2015

Be With And Without Me

 In The Inner Inside/안쪽의 내부에서
29.7 × 42 cm, Pigment liner and marker on a paper, 2009

Daehyun Kim is a New York Times illustrator and Seoul-based artist who draws the series 'Moonassi' a monochrome depiction of human connection. Describing these works in his artist's statement as his "inner feelings and intimate relations that give me various emotions," they are raw characterisations of friendship, relationships and sadness. In some ways, they are the paused moments when you think more deeply about where you currently are - the times you remember.

Kim says his drawing are about himself and others. "What I like to create is a drawing as an empty space between me and viewer, so that people can talk and find their own story from my drawings," he writes.

Tonight, they are sticking with me. Look through his portfolio here.

 The Value of Suffering
29.7 × 42 cm, Pigment liner and marker on a paper, 2013

 Across the Universe/우주 건너
29.7 × 42 cm, Pigment liner and marker on a paper, 2009

29.7 × 42 cm, Pigment liner and marker on a paper, 2009 

Be With And Without Me/나와 함께 없어줘
29.7 × 42 cm, Pigment liner and marker on a paper, 2009

You Are Now/너의 지금
29.7 × 42 cm, Pigment liner and ink on a paper, 2013

Lost in Translation

You know that feeling when you have seen a film a thousand times but have always missed something? You're meant to feel a certain way during a scene, or leave the cinema changed and reinvigorated, but you haven't experienced life enough to know what they're talking about. I've always felt that with Lost in Translation, and finally today, I know the feeling - I'm in the loop.

I spent 10 days in Korea last month, and I left the trip a different person. I walked in lost, and came out new. Watching Lost in Translation again highlighted how much can change in a small amount of time, and how the people you meet can give you a completely new perspective on where you're headed. I never thought anything could change so quickly during travel, but the rush of a new city and spending every minute with new people - outside of the circles you regularly keep - is invigorating and (without exaggeration) life-changing.

Though life went on as usual back in Sydney, I was new. I finally got what Lost in Translation meant.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Sunday's are listening to Adele and reading the paper. 25 is out and it's already (unsurprisingly) crept its way into one of my top albums of the year - a year which has been life-changing for me in its growth.

Sundays are no longer spent editing a student newspaper and sitting in an underground office. Today, it's wishing I was on a plane somewhere, exploring a city with few cares and stresses. Adele's carelessness will have to do instead.

My recipe for Sunday happiness: Lost in Translation, looking at photos from Korea, and Adele's 'Water Under the Bridge'. I'd recommend it.


Monday, April 20, 2015

Purple Peanuts

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I recently came back from Melbourne (which I will write more about on the blog soon), and stumbled across this tiny Japanese cafe. With a Japanese issue of London Calling by the Clash hung on the wall, juxtaposed with fresh juice and sashimi, it was pretty perfect.

This punk hole-in-the-wall cafe had small dishes with lots of flavour. The boyfriend and I both got the chicken curry, which was so fresh. I just kept wishing we had something similar in Sydney! He also got some tempura prawn sushi which was crispy and spicy. Everything here was light, but packed a punch.

It's in the CBD, across the road from The Age building down Collins St. On the way out, I'd recommend picking up some matcha chocolate - for the size, it isn't cheap. But it's definitely worth it.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Backstage at Macgraw, MBFWA Day 2

I spent the first full day of fashion week running around organising interviews and spending time backstage. From hanging out with Vogue photographers, seeing the latest looks from the best designers, and jealously eyeing up all the best street style designs, Day 2 was pretty great. Here are some of my snaps from backstage at the Macgraw show, where a hot pink carpeted runway, 60s inspired lace and flowing gowns à la Picnic at Hanging Rock were the the highlights. Not to mention those glittery slip ons, I need them in every colour. 


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Indigenous Land Rights

This was the editorial to my Editor-in-Chief issue of Honi Soit. Read the entire issue here.

The beginning of this semester has been marked for me by visits to the Redfern Tent Embassy, and hearing stories from friends who travelled on the 50th Anniversary Freedom Ride. With first hand perspectives and experiences giving myself and others a greater understanding of Indigenous land issues and the constant disadvantages these groups face at the hands of our government, it was infuriating to hear Tony Abbott recently say that Indigenous Australians were making “lifestyle choices” to live in remote communities. 

This ill-conceived statement underscores the ongoing struggle to prevent the forced closures of remote Aboriginal communities. It highlights the contradictory attitudes of state and federal governments to native title. It raises serious concerns regarding the ability for a group to retain their ongoing, inherent connection to the land. And it limits a group’s capacity to observe the same traditional laws as they always have. 

In other words, closing these communities severely limits these traditional and intrinsic practices, and hence the ability for an Indigenous group to achieve native title. 

This is so much more than losing the opportunity for a white man to inform Indigenous groups that the land is traditionally theirs. Indeed, it’s hard to sum up in an editorial what Indigenous peoples will lose if their communities are closed. The deep and damaging loss of an essential connection to their land, and the resulting practices and belief systems that will be wiped with these closures, is traumatising. But this is something that won’t just happen from this alone; it’s been happening since white Australians arrived. Racism is the lifestyle choice here. 

This is an issue that my white privilege can only begin to explore. But on pages 14 and 15 this week, Honi attempts to look into some specific issues to do with land management and Indigenous communities to investigate this topic further. 

A white property owner would rarely, if ever, be told they are not allowed to live on the land they own. Indigenous Australians shouldn’t be stripped of theirs either.

Monday, March 30, 2015

All About Women

This article was originally published in Honi Soit. Read it here.

Sophie Gallagher attended the All About Women festival , where she spoke to Celeste Liddle and Clementine Ford.

At the All About Women festival, I found myself in a room with Roxane Gay, Clementine Ford, Anita Sarkeesian, Celeste Liddle, Germaine Greer and Tara Moss. Women like Rosie Batty, Annabel Crabb, Jane Caro and Judith Lucy were huddled around me, discussing the problems and solutions of every issue from domestic violence to women in comedy. To say this was my feminist dream world is an understatement. 

The festival, held at the Opera House last weekend, was a place where women could get together and discuss everything that mattered to them in 2015. From becoming ‘bad feminists’, to embracing intersectionality, this year’s festival reached a more radical and honest point than it had in the past. 

I spoke to festival curator Ann Mossop, who said the event was a place where the issues facing women could have a voice. “All About Women is a chance for us to really put women centre stage, and make sure that we’re hearing from women whose ideas are important, but also hearing about topics that matter to the women that make up our audiences.” 

That said, the complete lack of trans and non-binary female speakers was disappointing, and an error that Mossop hopes to rectify in the future, “ensuring important issues are addressed over time”. The festival was a success, but its gaping holes are a broader representation of the effort feminism still needs to make to ensure greater inclusivity and acceptance. 

Despite this, Mossop hoped that audience members could still have a rich experience, and use the knowledge they learnt. “We can’t solve all the problems of the world. What we’re hoping to do is give women tools to think about important issues, share the insights of other people and take that into their own lives.” 

Celeste Liddle & Clementine Ford on How to be a Feminist 

Celeste Liddle is an Arrernte Australian. A freelance writer and unionist, she blogs personally at Rantings of an Aboriginal Feminist. 

SG: What are the biggest issues facing feminism today? 

CL: Individualist feminism versus collectivist feminism—so the fight between individual empowerment and feminism as a movement about the current social structures that rule our lives. I think that, on one hand, I have a lot of admiration for celebrities who get out there and proclaim their feminism. But on the other hand, it allows the dialogue to shift to an individual level, which is not what it’s about; feminism is meant to be about empowering the least powerful in society and helping the entire world to become a more equitable place. 

SG: Do you think there is a divide between Indigenous and white feminism?

CL: The way I see it, through the process of colonisation, Aboriginal women have to grapple with every single thing that any other woman would—so everything from oppressive beauty structures, to representation in media—but we’re doing it alongside the politics of being displaced people in our own country. There’s that mix between fighting patriarchy within our own communities and trying to state that we’re diverse people, versus actually fighting for a voice in a broader movement. It’s an incredibly difficult thing. I see the politics of bodily sovereignty and land sovereignty running parallel because there’s no other way that I can actually envisage it. To liberate every woman in this country, from my limited perspective, you have to actually liberate Indigenous women, because they’re the most trampled. 

SG: What role does intersectionality play in feminism? 

CL: No movement is going to be successful without looking after the least powerful, so there’s no point in a revolution that preferences the exact same white male voices. Intersectionality should be central for everyone’s politics—if we’re not looking after those who need the most assistance we’re just going to reinforce the same power structures over and over again no matter what revolution it achieves. 

Clementine Ford is a freelance writer and broadcaster who writes on feminism and pop culture. 

SG: What do you believe are the biggest issues facing women today? 

CF: Silence, continued sexual oppression, reproductive health care. I think the two biggest issues for me are economic freedom and bodily autonomy. Bodily autonomy can be whether or not you choose to reproduce, whether or not you identify your body as woman even if others don’t—I think that allowing women to make choices that men are entitled to make is a huge part of feminism. But one of the big challenges is trying to figure out how we dismantle the current structures of power and recreate something better, because we can’t actually achieve equality within the structures we’re based in currently. They’re invariably predisposed to disadvantage certain groups. 

SG: Domestic violence is an issue you’ve brought into the public discourse through your writing. What needs to happen to affect change and create more awareness? 

CF: One of the biggest things we can do is fund women’s health services around the country. They already don’t get a huge amount of funding and they have to battle for their funding every year. The people who are doing the actual work for gender equality need to be given more money and more access to public spaces to share their message. We need to start taking it seriously and stop treating it as an issue where only a handful of men will ever be implicated. It’s not just about whether you’ve raised a hand to hit a woman, it’s about the underlying foundations of sexist attitudes and belief systems. So what really needs to be cut off at the root is the very fundamentals of sexist ideas. Sexist jokes and attitudes, even if they are trickling, reinforce the idea that women are less. If the weight of a single sexist joke is a drop of water, enough drops of water will still fill an ocean. 

SG: What is feminism to you? 

CF: A lifesaver.
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