Festival Listening Lounge
The Second Generation Collective explore stories of refugee-ship, migration and identity in Boorloo. Founded by Elham Eshraghian-Haakansson and Asha Kiani in 2020, the artists comprise of migrants who fled Iran during the 1979 Revolution, and their children who have grown up on Noongar Boojar. The collective explores their experiences of displacement, resettlement, heritage, home, grief, and faith. Against the backdrop of dual identity, they confront the push and pull of cultures in order to uncover the past and embrace the present. By acknowledging communal traumas and bridging intergenerational gaps, their thoughtful multi-disciplinary artforms evoke an empathic lens within the viewer.
From it has sprung The Wilding Stories – an audio storytelling project; a story of magic realism, told and retold by powerful women’s voices in powerful ways; designed to reach people in all stages of life, in our homes, our communities and across the globe
Each of us tells and hears a story in different ways. The Wilding Stories is a multi-arts project, opening a safe space for listening, and an invitation for creative reflection to those who wish to engage in artistic response and/or creating new interpretations of the original tale.
In 2020 the Voice Collector re-appears during the time of Covid 19 (one of the many symptoms of an ailing Planet, of an ecosystem trying to adjust). Deeply concerned by the state of the warming Planet, the 6th Extinction crisis and feeling a deep melancholia about the diminishing possibility of the survival of the human species he decides to collect the answers to 3 questions:
1. What do we need to do to stop Global warming, environmental degradation and the 6th extinction crisis.
2. What do I need to do to help stop Global warming, environmental degradation and the 6th extinction crisis.
3. What specific actions will I take to help stop Global warming, environmental degradation and the 6th extinction crisis.