All in Sydney

Athena Thebus: Artist Conversation

I sat down with Sydney-based multi-media artist, Athena Thebus. Over a Nordic and Japanese fusion breakfast, as per her recommendation, we mostly giggled as the rain poured outside. What I learned is that Athena operates her artistic production in conversation with and in honor of her Filipino culture and family, her queer community, and all the *D I V I N E* women in her life. We immediately bonded over our love for LA and at some point in our conversation she described her time there as “effervescent”… Athena – you are just that.

Myuran Sukumaran

As a Watson Fellow travelling Australia, I came upon this story as a blank slate - with neither prior knowledge nor judgment. The facts as they unfolded confused me - heroin isn’t petty weed or molly, yet I was sympathetic to their youth. While still confused about how these two could so brazenly break laws outside of their home country and take such vigilante risks, the sentence they received left me numb for its harshness and finality. Leading me deeper into this intrigue was an invitation from my Australian friend to the opening of “Another Day in Paradise.” Hosted at the Campbelltown Arts Centre, the event was Sukumaran’s first major exhibition featuring over 100 of his works alongside a series of newly commissioned ‘critical interventions’ by 6 other leading Australian artists. As it became known, Myuran Sukumaran, while awaiting death, produced art.