Fair Trade First Nation poetic conversations
Created by Red Room Poetry and led by producer Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Fair Trade invites some of the world’s leading First Nations poets to weave words across lands and seas, gathering collaborative threads and shining a light on First Nations poetry from Australia and across the globe. Reciprocity beats at the heart of Fair Trade – collaborating to write other worlds.
"By anchoring the project in relationality, Fair Trade’s foundation is about how we connect with each other and what we are prepared, as First Nation artists, to offer and receive. During the initial six setup-zooms the emphasis of those meetings wasn’t about outcomes. Rather, the focus was about (re)generating poetic First Nations bonds – solidarity, consensus, family, land, oceans, the moon, remembering, dreaming, sharing, opening, mourning, respect, celebrating, finding, losing, healing and more healing."
~ Anne-Marie Te Whiu, Fair Trade: a way to RE/order /imagine /code the world in Cordite
Fair Trade encourages First Nations digital collaboration, communication and connection as something which is borderless. Inviting and supporting poets to work together creatively only via digital platforms and across their various international places of residence. Newly commissioned works will be published across 2022.