FRIDAY Fast Five: Let people love

This has been a long week. The shooting in Orlando was horrific, and as with all losses, an unrelated article (Listener profile of Auckland Museum director Roy Clare) I read was a good reminder that we need to continue to name the people we lose. The shooting was a homophobic hate crime, that cannot be understated. So it is with this in mind that this week's Fast Five will open with an article celebrating LGBTQ art collectives around the world. Let people love. Edited to add that I am also deeply, deeply saddened by the passing of Jo Cox after the horrific murder while she was out doing her job. Just, let people love.

Robert Mapplethorpe image that has been doing the rounds.

Robert Mapplethorpe image that has been doing the rounds.

1. 10 LGBTQ Artist Collectives

This round-up features the Auckland-based collective FAF SWAG, an arts and culture page documenting queer Pacific identities through creative and artistic expression.  

2. The origin of Pride

This week, The Allusionist podcast did a re-run of their episode looking at how the word 'pride' came to be used by the LGBTQ community.

3. Born Again Māori

Nadine Millar's writing for e-tangata is consistently some of my go-to reading. Her most recent article regarding her experiences learning te reo Māori in later life is, at times, really heartbreaking to read. Sometimes Māori can be our own worst enemies. The way in which she talks about whakapapa was beautiful to read too, something that I innately knew but had never explicitly thought. 

4. Auckland Art Fair

I've never attended an Art Fair before so I found this article from #500words interesting reading in that the Auckland Art Fair didn't read like something I'd want to attend. This is because I can acutely feel what the writer has written about being in a space that as a young, brown, female isn't very comfortable. So, thanks to Natasha Matila-Smith for writing about her experience. It was also then comforting to hear from Courtney Johnston who attended the fair and enjoyed it. Maybe one day I'll make it to an art fair, put it on the list.

5. Nostalgia

The etymology of nostalgia is from two Greek words meaning 'homecoming' and 'pain' (a tidbit I learnt through the good ole' Five Minute quiz). I love to think about nostalgia because I love to think about the past, and I think it is a universal human trait to want to dwell on painful memories. Last weekend's round of links from Courtney Johnston included this article which was a really interesting read into how easy it is to manipulate audiences through exhibitions that play on nostalgia: "Simply reminding visitors that they lived through the past, simply evoking nostalgia, is an abdication. Evoking nostalgia is easy. Engaging visitors in the real past is hard, and it’s our job."

One of my favourite workmates (not that I'm ranking them...) always sends me the best of the trashy songs ever. Enjoy your Friday kanikani and maybe thinking about doing some WORK FROM HOME next work work: