Kia ora! This week has totally gotten away from me so instead of bringing you new content and a fresh injection of the interestingness of the sector, I'm going to implore you, the reader, to revisit some of the content we have produced on Tusk thus far. Part of the reasoning behind this is because of the amount of exposure that Being Brown in Your Gallery has received because, in my opinion, a lot of the content on here deserves that exposure. Also, this has been a long week which has made me feel very cynical (totally swayed by my current viewing obsession of Making a Murderer, if you haven't seen it, YOU NEED TO), the Republican candidates, this real-life satire, and the continued existence of Mike Hosking (not linking to such a hateful joke of a person, maybe he should run for the Republican party his rhetoric is that disgusting) so I'm going to bask in the fact that there are some amazing contributors to Tusk who are doing great things i.e. THERE IS GOOD IN THE WORLD. AND IT'S FRIDAY. LET'S SMILE.
This piece from Nina is really pertinent at this time of rolling war commemorations. It is also an important reminder of the fact that New Zealand had other wars and maybe they should also get some airplay? Given that the culture and heritage sector is so full of creativity and innovation, would it hurt to diversify the national story we project? Please. Maybe let's celebrate Waitangi Day (again, fuck you Mike Hosking).
Riah's article about the range of issues relating to disability faced by the sector are more wide-spread and complex than meets the eye. They are also the kinds of issues that when they are not visible, are not obvious, so working with affected groups on these matters is important AND empowering.
I loooooove reading about what is happening in the arts community in Christchurch and Claire's piece was a great breakdown of some of the artworks that have been popping up. This reactive creation of art is really appealing to me in that it is another representation of people's experience in a place that has been so profoundly affected: life goes on as it always has and always will do.
Honestly, I'm no expert on what this all means but thankfully Sarah is! She provided a great wee list of some of the history surrounding OPEN GLAM in her article which was originally published on the website she set up to accompany her dissertation. On that note, her dissertation will be submitted in the near future so a huge round of applause to her!
It feels very weird to admit this but, I've never met Elspeth! One day Elspeth! Either way, as someone who has not had the opportunity to curate before, I appreciated the contemplative insight Elspeth's piece gave us. Exhibitions are the final product of so much work that goes on behind the scenes but I enjoyed reading someone's illumination on their work.
Instagram, what can I say? I love you. You are my go-to social media platform for mindless scrolling of beautiful things. With Amy's help, I gained a few new accounts to follow, because she provided TEN from as far afield as Sweden. Amazing. And it really is a beautiful scroll down. Go on, have a go.
Have a great weekend, Nina and I are having our 60th so will be enjoying ourselves more than you can imagine by listening to music made to dance to. Probs not this throwback though (do you even remember Craig David?!):