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Co- People

Christine McFetridge is a settler New Zealander based on unceded Wadawurrung Country. She is a photographer, researcher and writer represented by M.33, and a founding member of Co- and Women in Photography NZ & AU.
Christine founded Co- in 2020 with Josephine Mead.

Josephine Mead is a settler visual artist, writer & curator working across Wurundjeri Country & Dja Dja Wurrung Country. She works through photography, sculpture, installation, sound & text to investigate notions of support. She has exhibited widely & undertaken residencies in Mexico, Portugal, Turkey & Germany. She was Chair of Artistic Directors at Blindside, a founding Artistic Director of MILK Gallery & founded Co- in 2020 with Christine McFetridge.

Kate Jama is an artist and researcher at Melbourne Law School. Kate's work is informed by her Somali and British diasporic identity and her experience working across law and public policy. Kate’s current research focuses on how international law and sonar mapping shape prevailing understandings of the Indian Ocean as a place of extraction. Kate has exhibited at Blak Dot Gallery, Kudos Gallery UNSW, and Halka Gallery (Istanbul).  Kate contributed to Co- Unfolded: Bodies of Water.

Timmah Ball is a writer, zine maker and curator of Ballardong Noongar heritage. In 2018 she co-curated Wild Tongue zine for Next Wave festival, with Azja Kulpinska, which interrogated labour inequality in the arts industry. In 2021 she created the zine publication Do Planners Dream of Electric Trees? which was developed as a participant of Arts House Makeshift Publics program.  Timmah contributed to Issue 02: Water & Co- Unfolded: Bodies of Water.

Ellen van Neervan is the award-winning author of Heat and Light, Comfort Food and Throat. They are a proud Mununjali (Yugambeh) person and live and work on Yugera and Turrbal land. Ellen contributed to Issue 02: Water. 

Chantelle Mitchell is a researcher, writer and curator. Her experimental non-fiction practice leverages fragmentary and archival approaches, addressing structure and place in the Anthropocene. Chantelle is one half of the ongoing research project Ecological Gyre Theory. As part of EGT, her work has appeared in e-flux, art+Australia, On_Culture and Unlikely Journal, with other publication outcomes currently under peer review. EGT has presented their work at conferences nationally and internationally, and exhibited in Australian artist run spaces. Chantelle contributed to Issue 02: Water.

Craig McGragh is the Biodiversity Officer for City of Yarra. Craig contributed to Issue 02: Water.

MC Izzy Brown is one of the lead singers of Combat Wombat, in addition to being an activist, filmmaker and founder of the United Struggle Project. Izzy has traveled around the globe, collaborating with musicians living in slums, prisons & refugee camps. She's also been involved in many environmental & social justice campaigns, including the Lizard’s Revenge and Lizard Bites Back uranium mine protests in the Australian desert & the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua, a land and sea convoy travelling over 5000km to highlight human rights abuses in West Papua. Izzy contributed to Issue 02: Water.

Collider Collective is made up of Sophie Spence, Zach Micallef, Maud Freeman & Adrian J Song.

They are artists living and working on the unceded land of the Boon Wurrung & Woi Wurrung language groups of the Eastern Kulin Nations. Together they formed the Collider Collective in late 2020, as a means to question, examine, and discuss the ongoing violence of colonisation. Collider contributed to Issue 02: Water.

Amaara Raheem is a shape-shifter, an unspectacular dancer, permaculture enthusiast, occasional writer and amateur basket weaver. Dancing came about through working in theatre and for her, language has always been part of her practice of movement. Amaara’s improvisations–in dance and life–are shaped by migration. She’s lived in three countries, on three continents: Sri Lanka, Australia and the United Kingdom.  Amaara contributed to Issue 02: Water.

Jody Haines is a photo-media artist based in Melbourne, Victoria. 
By approaching photography as a social practice, Jody collaboratively focuses on identity, representation and the female gaze. Currently a PhD candidate at RMIT School of Art, and a graduate of Master of Arts, Art in Public Space at RMIT, Jody lives and works on the lands of the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung peoples and is a descendant of the Tommeginner peoples of Tasmania. 
Jody develops work in a studio managed by the City of Melbourne’s Creative Spaces program. Jody contributed to Issue 02: Water.

Ender Başkan lives and works on unceded Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung land. He is a writer and
co-founder of both Study, an experimental social space, and of Vre Books. His book A Portraitof Alice as a Young Man was published in 2019. Ender contributed to issue 02: Water.

Manisha Anjali is a Naarm-based writer and artist. She is the producer of Neptune, an archive of dreams and hallucinations by the People of the World. Manisha contributed to Issue 01: Time.

​Mig Dann is a Melbourne based artist who has undertaken a PhD in ​the School of Art at RMIT University. Her art practice is multi-disciplinary and autobiographical, exploring and expressing issues of childhood trauma. Her work is informed by memory and forgetting, absence and presence, feminism, queer culture and decades of lived experience. Mig contributed to Issue 01: Time.

Katayoun Javan is an Iranian Australian photographer and video artist. Through documentary photography, portraiture, and use of found photos and videos, she draws on personal and public stories in order to explore notions of family, home, memory, displacement, and the Iranian Diaspora. Katayoun contributed to Issue 01: Time.

Sumaya Barud is a black sheep. She writes to put to paper the unfinished conversations she isn’t able to have with some of the people in her life. Not your quintessential wordy writer, she expresses in a way that is true to her cluttered train of thoughts. When she isn’t writing, Sumaya is either waiting in the line of Fitzroy’s Gelato Messina, in the bathroom managing her afro into twists or having random conversations with local strangers about life lessons. Sumaya contributed to Issue 01: Time.

Jean Rhode is a current City of Yarra resident, born in Caulfield in 1927. She has lived a full and colourful life. Jean contributed to Issue 01: Time.

​Lily Bennion is an Emerging Professional Conservator, with a Masters in the Conservation of Cultural Materials from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia. Lily is based in Perth (Whadjuk), Western Australia, and has worked with Community-based Aboriginal Art Centres (Ikunjti Art Centre, Waringarri Aboriginal Arts and Warmun Art Centre) in the conservation and collection management of community collections
and deceased estates. Lily contributed to Issue 01: Time.

​Mohamed Chamas is an artist,  game developer and poet based in Naarm (melbourne) who channels the 'dijital djinni'; a rewired/rewiring agent for practice-based research. Chamas' work calls upon magick and mysticisms of the ancient past to create fusion and synergy with emerging technologies. Chamas' Virtual Reality (VR) works exist as unsurveilled sites of healing for orientalized bodies; namely  سايبر تصوف (cyber tasawwuf) 2018 and  باب القرين  (Baab Al Qareen) 2020. Mohamed contributed to Issue 01: Time.

Kat Clarke is a proud Wotjobaluk writer, consultant, artist and curator from the Wimmera. She is an active advocate within her own community and Land Council and holds strong relationships with multiple Melbourne and Victorian communities. Graduating from RMIT in Creative Writing Kat gradually developed her craft alongside learning the ways of her culture through art and storytelling while listening to community and Elders dear to her. Kat contributed to Issue 01: Time.

Co- is possible thanks to generous collaborators & contributors. Co- thanks everyone who has contributed so far & feels proud to present practice from such talented individuals.

Jacina Leong 梁玉明 is an artist-curator, educator, and researcher, living & working in Narrm/Melbourne. Working in the cultural sector for fifteen years, Jacina is committed to the role that cultural organisations can play in bringing people together to explore & respond to complex and converging crises: through situated, responsive, & purposeful forms of engagement. She is a former Co-Director of Bus Projects. She is currently a Sessional Academic at RMIT & La Trobe universities, where she teaches art theory, & is completing her PhD on the complexities of care. Jacina 梁玉明 contributed to Co- Unfolded: care is ... and presented at Co- Discourse: A Symposium.

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