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Always was, always will be.

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Mutual Love Society: A morning of poetry and conversation

Mutual Love Society: A morning of poetry and conversation

Join us for a morning of poetry, writing and discussion centred on themes of memory, ancestral ties, language and translation. Hear from local poets Kaya Ortiz and Dureshawar Khan as they discuss their writing practices and speak to our current exhibitions from Wu Tsang (USA/DEU), Sancintya Mohini Simpson (QLD) and Sriwhana Spong (NZ/UK).    

Read, write or reinterpret the poems of Chinese revolutionary, feminist and poet Qiu Jin (秋瑾 1875–1907) and the calligrapher Wu Zhiying (吳芝瑛, 1867-1936), whose untold queer love story lies at the heart of American-Chinese artist Wu Tsang’s film Duilian. With help from our facilitators, dedicate a poem to a female or trans ancestor, descendent or loved one.  

Event Notes

  • This event is open to everyone, whether or not you consider yourself a writer/poet 
  • There will be an opportunity to write and share a poem with assistance available from our facilitators if required.  
  • You’re also welcome to simply listen to the conversation and read a selection of Qiu Jin’s and Wu Zhiying’s poetry
  • There will be an obligation-free opportunity to share your work with the group at the end. 

About the Artist

Kaya Ortiz is a queer Filipino poet of in/articulate identities and record-keeper of ancient histories. Hailing from the southern islands of Mindanao and Lutruwita/Tasmania, Kaya is obsessed with the fluidity of borders, memory and time. Their writing has appeared inCordite, Westerly, Australian Poetry Journal, Portside Review, Best of Australian Poems 2021andAfter Australia(Affirm Press 2020), among others. Kaya lives and writes on unceded Whadjuk Noongar country, where their name means ‘hello’ in the Noongar language. 

Dureshawar Khan is an award winning multidisciplinary artist from Khyber Pukhtunkhwa and settled in Nyoongar Country. Khan’s work explores concepts of displacement, identity and belonging. They creates works from the perspective of a Queer Muslim person and as a migrant Esapzai Pashtun finding a way to reconcile her Abrahamic upbringing with her pre Islamic Tribal roots. Khan views their performance as a form of storytelling that intermingles familial history, religious iconography, personal narrative and everyday life. Khan’s practice marries their love of theatre with other disciplines such as photography, spoken word, performance art and folk dance. Their works often have a fairy-tale quality to them, inviting the audiences to take a trip through her colourful imagination. Khan is also the founding member of Third Culture Kids, a multilingual and multidisciplinary collective that features artists from across the Muslim Global Diaspora. Works by Third Culture Kids such as 2019s award nominated Sharbat and 2021s award-winning MoR have been met by positive reviews from audience members and critics alike. While paying homage to her culture, language and Eastern theatrical tradition, and fusing it with Western theatrical approach Khan aims to present works that make contemporary Australian audiences question and interrogate what it means to be “Australian” in the 21st Century.

Sam Leung is a writer, editor and storyteller with a background in events and marketing in the arts and education. She’s worked with organisations across the country, including the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.


Weekends at PICA Sancintya Mohini Simpson, 2023, photo: Dan Grant