EXTRA: COVID19 SPECIAL EPISODE - arts in response to COVID19 racism

the screenshot of our zoom meeting for making this episode

In this 4th COVID19 special episode, I invited two artist and educator, Dr. Tammy wong Hulbert, and Dr. Priya Srinivasan and a phycologist, Anu Radha to make a conversation together about how the arts and artists could respond to the COVID19 racism against the Asian population in the western societies. 

As this conversation was made before the #blacklivesmatter global movement took off, the subjects of racism in this conversation were focused on the Asian communities in the western societies. However, I think that the discussions on the topic about the arts&racism in this conversation has a broad application. The value of the speakers' words doesn't lessen due to limit of the timing. 

In this episode, Tammy told us about a collaborative social engagement project called Unmasked selfies in Solidarity that she has been involved in,  

Unmasked Selfies in Solidarity
The team of collaborators of this project includes: Isabella Capezio, Marnie Badham, Klare Lansen, Sherry Liu, Wilson Yeung, Jan Sze Wing Ting, Rosina Yuan and Tammy Wong Hulbert and the RMIT School of Art community.

and how her visual art practice had been enriched through her roles as a curator and academic. 

Priya, with her rich knowledge on Australian performance art and the subject on cultural and gender equality in the postcolonial and capitalist societies, shared her view on what was the role of arts and artists that COVID19 had indicated to us, and her critical thoughts on how COVID19 broke the Western traditional notion that "artists are solo genius". 

The info about Pathways project that Priya talked about can be find on Sangam Facebook page

Anu as a professional psychologist who is currently working for Northern Health https://www.nh.org.augave not only an explanation on the stress and anxiety that were brought by racism and the time of COVID19, but also shared many brilliant valuable and wise exercises for thoughts for the artists and everyone to practice. 

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