Self Love Talk with Frances Cannon

[Image: Frances Cannon]

This interview was originally published in BE. CURIOUS — SELF LOVE MAG issue #02.

Frances Cannon is an artist from Melbourne and founder of the Self Love Club. Her work blends personal experience with themes of body-love, body-loathing, anxiety, relationships, sexuality and bodily functions. We chatted with her about learning to love yourself—wholly and unapologetically.

Your work is awesome and fantastically body positive. What does the body posi movement mean to you?
It’s very personal to me. I grew up as a fat girl and have always been bigger and curvier. Through my upbringing and through my high school experience, I never really had any body positive or fat positive role models to look up to. It wasn’t until uni that I started to be involved in the community. It’s been really important my journey and has helped me to accept all the bits of me. It’s a really beautiful movement. Read More

Interview with Remi Kolawole for BE.

A shorter version of this interview was originally published in BE. CURIOUS — CULTURE MAG edition #01. Image of Remi Kolawole photographed by Nynno Bel-Air for BE. CURIOUS. Creative direction by Grace Dlabik.

How would you describe your connection with your culture?

I guess I’d have to say loose. My connection to language, the land, the people—it’s loose. I’m much more connected to family, like the Nigerian cats I grew up with through my pops. But as far as my connection to the birthplace of my dad, it’s very separated. I’ve only been there one time. I can’t speak Yoruba. I definitely feel it; there’s stuff you can’t explain, certain music that you may like, things you’re drawn to, ways you may act. All of a sudden, that’s something Nigerian that’s just buried. But that’s as close as I get.

It’s said that music influences culture and culture influences music. Do you think that your work as an artist plays into that dynamic?

It’s really hard to say. If it does play into that, I think it’s subconscious and intergenerational for sure. I definitely gravitate towards trying to find as much Yoruba music as possible, listening to that, hearing what people like Fela Kuti may have heard when they were coming up. But my family influences my music more than culture really does. Hopefully that’s something that will change as I grow. I hope to reconnect with it more for sure. But at this point in time I think it’s my immediate community, my family and my environment that inspires what comes out.
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Against Trump’s Travel Ban? Here’s why you should #BlockTheBill in Australia

Image: Protestors rally during a demonstration against the Muslim immigration ban at John F. Kennedy International Airport on January 28, 2017 in New York City. Photo by Stephanie Keith. Image Source.

While Trump’s travel ban has been temporarily blocked—a move that President Trump is definitely Not Happy about—the sense of urgency hasn’t faded. Protestors in the US are doing the hard work of fighting the travel ban. We need to do the same here in Australia, too.

Read more at Catalogue

Why Our Social Anxiety is the Same URL as it is IRL

Image: from Petra Collins’ series Selfie. Image Source.

Back when social media was in its infancy, it was predicted that the internet would be a great equaliser for social anxiety, introversion and shyness. People could speak to each other behind the security of a computer screen. The socially anxious could join mainstream society in flourishing conversation through the veil of anonymity.

But like most broad-brush statements describing the internet as either irreproachably virtuous or the second coming of Satan, this prediction wasn’t right.

Read the full article at Catalogue

Here’s Why We Marched in Melbourne

Image: photograph taken by Jessica Mincher for Catalogue.

2016 was a bad year. And while it may be over now, the world’s feeling like a weirder place for it.

Early on Saturday morning Australian time, Donald Trump was inaugurated as President of the United States. Yep, it’s really happening. During his inauguration speech, Trump stated that his presidency had “special meaning” to Americans. “Today,” he said, “we are not merely transferring power from one administration to another, but we are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you, the people.”

The people, however, have something else to say. Trump’s inauguration struggled to draw even a third of the audience Barack Obama’s historic inauguration in 2008 drew. Hundreds of thousands of women protested the events at the Women’s March on Washington. The protests against Trump’s inauguration quickly spread around the world with 51 countries demonstrating in solidarity, including marches in Sydney and Melbourne.

When the Women’s March Melbourne started at 1pm on Saturday, the State Library lawn was covered in people. According to police reports and the ABC, over 5000 protestors showed up. Pink pussyhats were everywhere, alongside signs with bold slogans like ‘Love Trumps Hate’, ‘Fight Like a Girl’ and ‘#BlackLivesMatter’.

Read more at Catalogue Magazine

How My Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Diagnosis Helped Me Take My Body Seriously

From Instagram removing images containing visible menstrual blood to movies portraying periods as frightening and traumatic, menstruation is still a controversial topic. And given that periods have been happening for, well, forever, it’s alarming that there are still so many misconceptions around what the menstrual cycle actually is and the impact it has on people who experience it.

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Get to Know the Rad Movement Encouraging Teen Girls to Get Angry and Play Guitar

Let’s face it, society can be pretty cruel to teenage girls. They’re characterised as silly, narcissistic and immature. If lots of teenage girls like something, chances are the rest of the world hates it. Bands are known to bemoan their female fans, and teenage girls are the butts of so many mocking jokes.

But teenage girls deserve so much more credit than we give them. They’re talented, creative and full of smart, intelligent ideas. If we stopped characterising them as silly fans and empowered them to write their own music, what would they write about? Well, based on Girls Rock! camp this week, songs about bullying, political empowerment and finding a home in space might just top the list.

For the past week, Wick Studios in Brunswick has been home to some of the newest talent on the Melbourne music scene — 10 all-new bands made up of 12 to 17-year-old girls and gender diverse kids. It’s all part of a new-to-Melbourne initiative called Girls Rock!.

Read the rest at Catalogue Magazine

‘Blaque Showgirls’ at the Malthouse Theatre

Full disclosure – I had high expectations when I heard that Nakkiah Lui’s new play was opening at the Malthouse. ‘Blaque Showgirls’ did not disappoint.

The play follows ‘light skinned ‘blaque’ girl’, Ginny Jones (played by Bessie Holland), who dreams of making it big as an Aboriginal showgirl in Brisvegas. There’s only one problem: Everyone thinks she’s white. With her stereotypical Asian best friend (Emi Canavan) by her side, Ginny is ready to see her name in lights – and she’s not going to let political correctness stop her.

Read the full article at The Plus Ones