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wāni Le Frère

a proud descendant of the Bashi, as well as the current Incarnation of the Afronaut

 
 

poet

2016/17 Melbourne Slamalamadingdong grand slam champion. 2016 Victorian College Of the Arts slam Poetry champion. Selected as a member of the first ever Australian Spoken word team to compete in the United States National Poetry Slam classic in Denver, Colorado in 2017. 2018 Victorian Grand Slam Champion as well as the headline feature for the 2018 Sydney, Australian Poetry Slam finals 2018. Represented Australia as the coach of the Melbourne, Australia Slam Poetry team that competed at the Chicago National Poetry Slam.

sapologie

Sapologie is a production that celebrates the vision and voices of some of Narrm’s (Melbourne, Australia) most talented and boldest young artists with an evening of varying art mediums including spoken word, music and story telling. Now in it’s third year Sapologie has become the space to be. Founded and Directed by wani Le Frère.

Tales of an afronaut

Tales of an Afronaut is wani’s first solo show paying tribute to the incredible lineage of storytelling embedded deep within the black/African diaspora. This show was first performed at Arts House and opened to a sold out season in July 2017. Tales of an Afronaut is a creation that has stemmed out of a need reclaim self and that space in which self exists. It is a journey of learning, sharing, vulnerability and survival, a love letter to black people of sorts.

jana: Memoirs of the future past

Jana: Memoirs of a future past is wani’s second solo show which saw it’s debut at Melbourne’s 2018 Fringe Festival in August. A proud descendant of the Bashi peoples of Walungu this work is adapted from personal experiences to explore a transnational Bla(c)k identity, drawing on the Afronaut’s unique positioning in a third-culture generation. Written, Performed, Directed and produced by wani Le Frere.

lets talk

‘Let’s Talk’ is a series of free, filmed public conversations exploring anti-Bla(c)kness in the Oceanic region, and its complex intersections with other forms of systemic oppression.

Our intention is to create safe spaces for nuanced, healing discussions around systemic oppression that centre Bla(c)k people; created solely with our Bla(c)k communities in mind - our Aboriginal, African and Islander families.

A key goal of Let’s Talk is to nurture and highlight the growing solidarity that exists between Bla(c)k communities, beyond the struggle against whiteness.

We trust that the issues we explore will also resonate with other non-Black PoC/global indigenous communities grappling with the effects of ongoing colonisation and white supremacy.

Our pilot event at Blak Dot Gallery, October 25 2017, unpacked the intersection of anti-Blackness, mental health shaming and masculinity. Let’s Talk events will continue in 2018, filmed in front of an audience and released online as a public resource and conversation starter.

Created by wāni Le Frère and Pauline Vetuna

trans-disciplinary artist

wāni is a proud descendant of the Bashi peoples of walungu. He is most notably known for although not limited to being a Spoken Word Poet, curator, creative director, writer, activist, educator and producer. He is the 2017 Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam Champion, the 2018 Victorian Poetry Slam State Champion, as well as a multi award winning Performance Artist and Producer for both of his solo shows "Tales of an Afronaut" which was nominated for two Green Room Awards, and Won best performance/Performer as well as "Jana: Memoirs of a Future Past" Which won the 2018 Arts House Evolution Award. He uses his artistic abilities to serve as a platform in his commitment to the flourishing of life, telling of the untold, as well as the collective empowerment of those peoples too often marginalized and not often enough celebrated.

 

 
The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see
— James Baldwin
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The poet or the revolutionary is there to articulate the necessity, but until the people themselves apprehend it, nothing can happen... Perhaps it can’t be done without the poet, but it certainly can’t be done without the people. The poet and the people get on generally very badly, and yet they need each other. The poet knows it sooner than the people do. The people usually know it after the poet is dead; but that’s all right. The point is to get your work done, and your work is to change the world
— james baldwin
 
 photo credit: @whoisivy creative director: @wanilefrere

photo credit: @whoisivy creative director: @wanilefrere