Reconciliation through language

The United Nations has declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages because of the alarming decline of Indigenous languages all over the world.   Of the seven-thousand languages spoken in the world over two-thousand are in danger of being lost. Every two-weeks a language dies taking with it a unique cultural perspective and identity.

A place to belong: An Indian in Australia

I have always latched onto whatever I could understand of our family culture. But it's so complicated for us. In India, we are the reminder of a British invasion. In Australia, we are among a strange new collection of people who do things a bit differently.

Saltwater Sisters a reminder of linear cultural pride

Saltwater Sisters is a carefully considered celebration of culture and language. Each changeover between group performances is preceded by a handover process between the on stage performers and a blessing from pakana woman Aunty Theresa Sainty. There is a sense of guidance throughout the whole performance, guidance to the younger generations involved as well as to the audience.

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.

The Cultural Constraints on Australian Aged Care

Ageing remains a process that many of us are too afraid to confront. I still get a leap of anxiety in my chest when I think about how quickly life passes, and how soon each phase of our lives is upon us. It forces us to confront our mortality, and seeing it reflected in our parents as they grow older, feebler, and eventually die, is often too difficult for children to face.

Rotten fruit: soft white supremacy on the Apple Isle

Not being aware of colour under certain circumstances is a privilege afforded almost exclusively to white people. In the workplace, schools, when job-seeking, when being interviewed, and in day-to-day interactions with people you don’t even know. I imagine power and colour can be difficult concepts to understand when your white skin is the coveted norm.

Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, Who is the Fairest of Them All? Colourism and light skinned privilege

When Elodie Silberstein moved to Melbourne from Paris, she sought out hair products for her Cameroonian-French curls and was dismayed to find a staggering choice of skin lightening products marketed toward women of colour. 

Skin lightening is not a new concept for Silberstein, who grew up in a culture where 'milk chocolate' skin can lead to more opportunities. In this piece Silberstein explores the social and economic impact of this privilege, and our shared responsibility for its continued existence.

Elodie Silberstein is a PhD candidate investigating representations of girlhood, and the geopolitics of beauty and black femininity.

The Complexity of Race and Identity in Predominately White Workplaces.

I came across Colin's writing by chance through a piece titled 'I Was Told To Go Back To Where I Came From. That Would Be Melbourne', and haven't stopped reading his work since. 

His work encapsulates the story of The Pin, how it came into existence, and why it still exists. 

It's 2017 and Australian POC are still being told to go back to where they came from, by people who believe you really do belong somewhere else. This piece is a survival guide for the daily slights experienced by a 21st century AUS POC.

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