Murray Bail’s He. seems to enclose most of a life and much of the world. The size of this small book (164 pages) is disproportionate to its affect of astonishment – at least for this fan.
OCCURRENT AFFAIR has been conceived as a ‘collaborative activist gesture, … [addressing] current socio-political, economic and environmental issues, while celebrating the strength, resilience and continuity of Aboriginal culture’. It’s the first exhibition by the proppaNOW Aboriginal artists collective in the last five years.
Safdar Ahmed and Zeinab Mir of The Refugee Art Project are two of the participating artists in the Stories from the Future project. Their works re-frame solidarity and cultural safety in the rebuilding of the arts sector, and we’re pleased to be able to present two of them to Overland’s readers today.
At the end of a year in which a global pandemic devoured the future, I found myself re-reading Fisher’s work and nodding gravely along. It made me recognise why I retreated to the ashen, rococo wasteland of Fallout 4, a world where things have gone quite bad. Given all that’s happened in recent months, I had found a perverse comfort in it.
My discomfort, after a decade of researching and writing about the Armenian genocide, is that Operation Nemesis was needed in the first place. The assassinations of Talât and his confederates is one of few moments of justice for those whose bones still lay scattered across Anatolia. And that should be discomforting to everyone.