Love and Revolution
Sydney Under Covid-19, Portrait of a city in Lockdown
At 5 Eliza Jacqui North will present a three-day installation of ‘Love & Revolution’, her recently completed, collaborative, audio-visual artwork made on the land of Wangal clans of Gadigal Nation of Eora Peoples. And Jacqui will develop and test project two audio-visual artworks which are in-development, indi and hyper-local.
‘Love & Revolution’, is a pure-loving-tribute to sisterhood, dedicated to Candy Royalle (RIP) butch queen, high priestess of poetry. This urgent call to action, this rallying chant, to live not wait, to love not hate created with Lebanese/Palestinian poets, directed/produced by Jacqui North with queers, women of colour and non-binary artists who live in the inner-west including photographers Jamie James and Nicola Bailey.
Women of Colour and First Nations are seen rising against violent global superpowers and far-right extremists. ‘We join together in vibrant strength, celebrating sisterhood and rallying for rights dear to Candy’s heart,’ said Jacqui. This artistic, activist tribute was created with Candy’s poetry and a new poem by Sara Saleh, Arab-Australian human rights lawyer/poet, and features community- making a mural for Candy on The Hub, Newtown created by Saudi Arabian-born artist #Ms Saffaa.
We are urged to imagine a world of pure love, ‘we are growing new worlds and new worlds are growing us’ writes Sara Saleh.
During the 5 Eliza Residency Jacqui will install the video and experiment with presentation of the poems. Candy’s three books of poetry and three albums may be available for purchase.
During Jacqui’s 5 Eliza Residency she will develop two new artworks, a multi-media project Sydney Under COVID-19, and a video artwork Navigating Home.
Jacqui will develop Sydney Under Covid-19, Portrait of a city in Lockdown, a 6 minute audio-visual work she is producing with John Janson-Moore, award-winning photographer and Andrée Greenwell composer, Australia Council Fellow 2018-2019, inner-west resident. Examining the tenuousness of everyday life, the project powerfully evokes the fraught, underlying psycho-social relationship between citizens and the built environment. Jacqui and the team were awarded a highly competitive City of Sydney Creative Fellowship 2020 grant to create the work. The Sydney Fringe Festival Residency enables on-site discussions about potential presentation partnerships and the team’s collective skills will ensure this timely project will find sites and audiences.
Jacqui will also develop Navigating Home, a 10-minute, place-based, work interrogating her three-generation Anglo-Celtic colonial family history and acknowledging Indigenous ownership of land now called Gadigal National Park.
Jacqui North creates dynamic, collaborative cultural events and videos. With 27 years’ experience roles include: Teacher Australian Film Television and Radio School, Executive Producer Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association, manager cultural programs National Film & Sound Archive (NFSA). Her films screen on SBS, ABC, NITV, Nine, Seven plus Denmark, Canada, America.
Jacqui has worked extensively producing community-building events and arts strategy.
In 2020 awarded a City of Sydney Arts Fellowship to produce an immersive audio-visual artwork.
From 2017-2019 key member of $2M Northern Beaches’ Public Art Working Group
From 2006-2017 delivered 130 events in regional Australia, attracting 50,000 visitors each year for NFSA. Highlights: touring comic Magda Szubanski, writer Tony Briggs ‘The Sapphires’.
Since 2019 for Information & Cultural Exchange Jacqui’s work led in part to Screen Australia funding Afro-Sistahs and Create NSW shortlisting Blind Act (I.C.E).
Jacqui’s film Love & Revolution was supported by I.C.E and Newtown-based Lesbian Inc. The 5 Eliza Residency re-opens the film to audiences with in person-gatherings and Covid-precautions.
Jacqui is a member of NAVA and identifies as a queer, solo Mum born of English migrants.
Visit her LinkedIn profile.