"Aesthetically and conceptually [my cultural heritage] influences me. It didn't initially. If I look at my work over a decade it’s slowly becoming more and more stronger. I think that’s because when I was younger I wasn’t as comfortable with my otherness as I am now. There was a point where all the women looked very white and also had very Anglo frames, I’ve noticed that the images are becoming more like me and have progressed with how much more confident I’ve become in being myself."

The Pin Plays // Aus Music Month 2018

At The Pin, we understand the importance of art not only for the audiences but for the artists who make it as an expression of self. As a part of the celebration our homegrown artists for Aus Music Month we'd like to offer you some of our picks.

Five podcasts you should be listening to

The world of podcasts is an ever expanding one and it can be difficult to pin down the good stuff. Like almost anything worth giving your time to, finding a decent podcast is part determination and part word of mouth. That’s where we step in to help…

What I wish I'd known: curly hair

Curly hair maintenance is a life-long learning experience, and when you learn a simple trick well out of childhood, it can be a part-pleasure-part-frustration moment. How did something so simple and good to know, take so long to learn?

To help you fast track the process, the Pin asked curly haired adults what they wish they'd known as a kid and who inspired good hair care in them.

ABDUL ABDULLAH: Re-imagining self

Abdul Abdullah grew up in East Cannington, Perth and is the youngest of four children.

From a young age, Abdullah was made aware of his difference when a child at primary school asked why his mum spoke 'weirdly'. 

As the son of the former secretary of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, Abdullah has had many a conversation about political and religious identity. These themes play out in Abdullah's own work as a visual artist, in pieces that are both visually stunning and riveting, which invite the viewer to question their own perception of stereotypes in identity. 

SOS in Oz: Toxic masculinity and POC media

In this month’s podcast, SOS in Oz is joined by Irvine to talk masculinity and mental health in
black males.

Plus in minority spotlight, former model and founder and editor of Ascension Magazine,
Sasha Sarago, dishes on entrepreneurship, POC representation in media, and shady makeup

'Ain’t nobody got time to be ashy.' – Sasha Sarago
'Intuition is the key, that’s your asset, it will never leave you.' – Sasha Sarago

SOS in Oz: Afro hair and social enterprise in fashion

Is Afro hair professional? SOS in Oz are joined by guest, Antoinette, to talk hair journeys, resisting the creamy crack and normalising all hair textures. 

Plus, this month's minority spotlight features Parsons School of Design graduate, designer and entrepreneur, Mimixa Patel. 

'It's one thing to be a good designer, but to be a good designer with a sense of business is very important in today's world.' - Mimixa Patel

SOS in Oz: Black Girl Magic, immigration, journalism and film

The Australian 2016 census results revealed that migration to Australia is on the rise. However, an anti-immigrant sentiment has been brewing in some pockets of society and, as a result, certain policies have been proposed that would effectively curb migration to Australia.

SOS in Oz chat with Santilla Chingaipe, journalist and filmmaker, about what this means for immigrants in Australia. As a journalist who worked for SBS World News, Santilla has reported extensively on matters concerning migrant communities in Australia.

SOS in Oz also get the scoop from Santilla on how to crack the Australian journalism and film industries. Plus a review of "Black Girl Magic" 2017, a night of empowering performances by Black women in Melbourne.

SOS in Oz: feat. Say It Loud, and comedian Gavin Lind on being white and African

SOS in Oz chat with South African-Australian comedian, Gavin Lind, about his experience growing up as a White boy in apartheid South Africa, as well as issues of identity, belonging and White privilege.

Plus, there's a new online talk show on the scene called Say It Loud which is making waves by putting the Black Australian experience in the forefront. SOS in Oz speak to the show creator, Vanessa Ocansey, and creative director, Rosaline Kanneh, about bringing the show to life and Australian media.

'The media is very limiting in how they represent [Black Australians] in the media. They’ve always got that one token Black person and that’s meant to be enough to represent all of us. And that affects building your identity in a huge way.' - Vanessa Ocansey

SOS in Oz: Comedian Joe White, period pride, and hot topics

Whether you call it 'Aunt Flo' or 'shark week', women across the world have been taught to talk about menstruation in hushed tones and euphemisms. For centuries, this normal occurrence in the female reproductive cycle has caused many women to feel ashamed and embarrassed of themselves. But a new wave of period pride is pushing back on the cultural taboo. SOS in Oz chip into the conversation with their menarche stories and opinions on Zambia's paid menstrual leave law. 

Plus, it's a hilarious Minority Spotlight with comedians, Joe White and Jason Wood.

“I was having doubts in my mind… am I not as good as I thought, is this really for me… but I guess you have to go through moments like that to find that one person that supports, or that has your sense of humour. And at the end of the day I do it because it makes me laugh. When it makes me laugh, I believe it will make my audience laugh.” - Joe White

SOS in Oz: Life Through the Disability Lens, Cultural Appropriation and more..

Is it OK for a non-Black girl to wear her hair in box-braids or cornrows? SOS in Oz and their guest, Somaliyah, share their opinions on this question and more in this month’s discussion on cultural appropriation and Hollywood whitewashing.

Also, SOS in OZ shines their spotlight on Colleen Chifamba: disability advocate and author of the Life Through the Disability Lens blog.

“A lot of people are starting to see just how much privilege they have by just not having a disability.” - Colleen Chifamba

SOS in Oz: Interracial Dating and Mama Alto

In this month’s podcast, the sisters and special guest, Ashan, delve into how race plays into the dating game; Is it racist to date along racial lines or is it simply a preference? 

Plus acclaimed jazz singer and cabaret artiste, Mama Alto. In this insightful conversation, Mama Alto shares with SOS in Oz her thoughts on: art for social change, LGBTQIA+ inclusion, and being a queer person of colour.

We’re existing at this time where we are beginning to fully realise and talk about and empower our intersections, at the very same time where it is becoming more and more dangerous to be at those intersections.” - Mama Alto.

SOS in Oz: featuring the Pin

The Pin has teamed up with Christine and Chido of the SOS in Oz [Sassy Opinioted Sisters in Oz] podcast to bring you some great content.

To kick-off this superb partnership, SOS in Oz is sharing this throwback episode on biculturalism and biracialism in Australia, with guests to the show: Lucie and Nkechi. According to Lucie, '...feeling like you don't belong in the many places that you feel like you're meant to belong', is a common challenge faced by biracial and bicultural people alike.

Also in this episode: news on Prince Harry's new love interest, and Fremantle's Australia Day celebrations.


Emily Wurramara is a Warnindilyakwa, Chinese and Filipino, Australian woman creating music from the cultures she was born into. 

Sung in both English and Anindilyakwa [the traditional language of her home on Groote Eylandt, NT], Wurramara's debut EP Black Smoke is an expression of Wurramara's heritage and contemporary experience.

TONI HASSAN: A new way

This work explores perhaps opposite ideas - hope and erasure. It plays with and explores the materiality of paint itself. I've re-purposed the ALP's campaign material used in the 2013 federal poll. 'Since that election there's been heightened public debate about our democracy being broken and the need and longing for leadership that's marked by integrity and substance.

I'm also interested in questions of identity and the politics of images in the digital age. There are so many images that their effectiveness has been eroded, and their power to elicit action has diminished.'

RANDA ABDEL-FATTAH: When Michael met Mina

'I realised through my own PhD research into Islamophobia that there’s a very strong misconception that racism is something only perpetrated or expressed by people who are evil or bad.
A lot of people take comfort in distinguishing themselves from racists ... and don’t realise that racism comes in all forms ... A lot of what we hear in Australia, the real problematic narratives against asylum seekers (for example), is very much touted in a language of Australian values that sound like assimilation policies.'