Posted in Activism, Arts, Blog, Featured, Politics, Uncategorised Blak Dot’s “18C” – Opening night, Thus April 17th By Lian Low
Grace Vanilau Blak Dot Gallery’s 18C exhibition, co-curated by Jacob Tolo (co-founder and co-director of Indigenous run arts space Blak Dot Gallery with Kimba Thompson) and Torika Bolatagici (exhibiting artist and photography lecturer at Deakin University) is probably the most radical thing an art gallery can do right now, a public and participatory display of protest against the Government’s proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.  Despite the current Easter public holidays, Blak Dot’s doors Read More »
Posted in Activism, Blog, Culture, Featured, Politics Thirty one Victorian Multicultural, Faith and Community organisations oppose amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act By Lian Low
Please see below the submission to the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA) Exposure Draft from thirty one Victorian based multicultural, faith and community organisations and roof bodies.  This coalition of community organisations represent a very broad spectrum of the Victorian community across religions and ethnic groups. Peril would like to thank David Marlow Executive Director of the Jewish Community Council of Victoria for the permission to publish their submission. * * * Submission regarding the Exposure Draft of the Freedom of Read More »
Posted in Activism, Arts, Blog, Culture, Featured The Australia I want to call home By Lian Low
Ed’s note: I was invited to speak at Blak Dot Gallery at the opening of 18C - a quick response exhibition to the proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.  Here’s the full transcript of my speech. Keep your eyes peeled on Peril for a review of the opening night and a review of the exhibition!  * * * I would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we’re on, the Elders past Read More »
Posted in Activism, Arts, Blog, Featured Authors, writers, journalists, editors, artists and supporters oppose the proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act By Lian Low
On 25th March 2014, the Government Party Room approved reforms to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975.  These changes, according to the Government’s media release “will strengthen the Act’s protections against racism, while at the same time removing provisions which unreasonably limit freedom of speech.” The Government has allowed for slightly over a month for community consultations.  Submissions can be made until 30 April 2014 at The Human Rights Law Centre has released an Information Paper to Read More »
Posted in Arts, Blog, Featured Chinese Whispers: an artistic response to the context in which I live By Rani Pramesti
I am creating a new performance piece, Chinese Whispers, involving Chinese-Indonesian women of Melbourne and their stories. After months of attending bible study sessions and Sunday mass, where most Chinese-Indonesians meet and socialize, I finally ran two workshops in September-October 2013 with six Chinese-Indonesian women. In the workshops, we asked ourselves the question: “If we could make a show about anything, what would we make it about?” The connecting thread between the myriad of answers was Read More »
Posted in Arts, Blog, Featured Accents Apart By Nikki Lam
Meet Nikki Lam, Peril’s visual arts editor. She explores her identity crisis through art and words. Antony Gormley’s Another Place — Public sculptures in Liverpool, UK. [ Photo from ]  I recently came back from Northern England. It was Liverpool, to be exact. The regional accent in Liverpool, ‘Scouse’, is considered one of the most distinctive English accents. I have always been fascinated by the many accents in the English language — how it separates cultural and Read More »
Posted in Arts, Blog, Culture, Featured Comedy and race, Ronny Chieng talks to Peril Magazine By Jarni Blakkarly
Comedian Ronny Chieng “The Chinese race has taken a beating in the last couple of millennia. We used to be on top, kicking ass, pioneering human innovation. We didn’t steal intellectual property from anybody. “Once upon a time we invented stuff, real stuff, like we invented paper. Are you familiar with that product? Maybe you’ve seen it around a couple of times? Maybe you’ve read about it, on itself? We did that and we nailed it too, Read More »
Posted in Arts, Blog, Featured, Uncategorised Peril Visual Arts news: Farewell, Owen Leong! Welcome Nikki Lam By Lian Low
At Peril, we’re sad to announce that after six years as Peril‘s Visual Arts Editor, Owen Leong has decided to step down from his position. Through Owen’s wonderful curation, Peril has benefited and grown from his input, not only are we an online literary magazine, we also present a dynamic visual arts archive with work from across Asia  and Australia. As Visual Arts editor, Owen was instrumental in how we realised our issue themes and content.  One Read More »
Posted in Activism, Blog, Featured, Politics, Uncategorised Still waiting in West Papua By Jarni Blakkarly
Free West Papua protesters gather at the Victorian State Library, photo Jarni Blakkarly It’s a cold autumn afternoon in Melbourne after a week of soaring heat.  It’s been raining all day but it lets up as a small group of West Papuan’s begin setting the banners and signs outside the Victorian State Library. A large metal cage is put together and the activists who knew about the event beforehand start arriving. Sixta Mambor is a small woman Read More »
Posted in Activism, Arts, Blog, Culture Mary Meets Mohammad still making waves By Jarni Blakkarly
  Mary Meets Mohammad, Photo by Kristy Dowsing Almost eleven months after initial release Mary Meets Mohammad has had a run at the box office, won a cluster of awards and is still going strong in community screening across the country. On Tuesday night, over one hundred and seventy people piled in to the Union House Theatre at Melbourne University to see the documentary which tells the story of an unlikely friendship between an Afghan man living in Read More »