Voices of Colour is a platform for artists from diverse and marginalised communities. Young First Nations people or people of colour share their stories through performance and art, spilling their reality onto the microphone, altering mindsets and perspectives.
Here, spoken-word artists Lamisse Hamouda, Serina O’Connor, and Naavikaran share stories in response to Khadim Ali‘s Invisible Border. Like Ali—who poetically explores the experience of displaced people across the globe—spoken-word artists Lamisse Hamouda, Serina O’Connor, and Naavikaran explore themes of exile, be it personal, political, or geographical.
Lamisse Hamouda is a writer, creative producer, and abolition feminist from Naarm/Melbourne, based in Meanjin/Brisbane. Lamisse spent five years as a youth worker, working alongside young people seeking asylum and refuge in Australia. During this time, she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Governance and International Relations) at the University of Sydney. While there, she attended the 60th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women as a Global Voices Scholar, and was a student at the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations Summer School. She also featured in the Australian documentary, The Mosque Next Door. Her writing was published in the anthology Arab, Australian, Other: Stories of Race and Identity and in The Age, New Matilda, Hot Chicks with Big Brains, and Djed Press. She is an associate producer at Metro Arts and runs the Logan-based open-mic event Poetry in the Park. Her first book will be published with Pantera Press in 2022.
Born in far north Queensland and raised on Yolngu country in North-East Arnhem Land, Serina O’Connor is a young Papua New Guinean singer, songwriter, and poet. She has performed at prestigious events such as the Garma Festival and the NATSIAA awards, as well as performing with Emily Wurramara and Yirrmal Marika.
Naavikaran is an all-round goddess in the form of a multi-gender trans-woman, badass entrepreneur, community educator, organiser, writer, and choreographer from India, based in Meanjin/Brisbane. Their work creates platforms for accessible and safe storytelling for identities of various intersections and communities. Naavikaran was named one of the thirty Under-30 LGBTIQ+ Leaders in Australia by Out for Australia in 2019. As a theatre producer and performer, they starred in The Neighbourhood by La Boite Theatre, Future Ancestors by Metro Arts Theatre, and Tales From The Colony by the Skin Deep Collective. Naavikaran is the founder of Ruhmantic, a royal chai brand and experience that supports artists and storytellers of colour.