Sisonke Msimang’s top Antidote picks at the Sydney Opera House September 1 and 2

Antidote returns to the Sydney Opera House, September 1-2 . It’s billed as “a weekend of ideas, action and change, with a potentially life-changing lineup of remarkable speakers, thinkers and creators”. It’s curated by Edwina Throsby, formerly the TEDx Sydney head of curation and founding producer of ABC TV’s Big Ideas.

One of Antidote’s speakers, South African storyteller Sisonke Msimang (above), tells us what’s she’s looking forward to as an audience member.

Sisonke Msimang 

Sisonke Msimang is a bold voice speaking to race, politics, feminism and activism. An incisive cultural analyst, she has written articles about cultural touchstones like #blackgirlmagic, the racism she’s encountered in Australia, and contemporary South African politics. Her work is characterised by insight into complex political situations, and wisdom around human relationships.

She is appearing at ANTIDOTE for a solo talk, In exile, at home  and on a panel Race, power & privilege 

Sisonke Msimang’s picks: 

Chelsea Manning, Ta-Nahesi Coates and Maureen Dowd

At a time when American influence seems to be on the wane, these three Americans personify the kind of thinking, analysis and  – in Manning’s case – activism that make it impossible to ignore the superpower.  I’ll be heading to all three sessions one after the other. If anyone can Make America seem Great Again – when the nation is dangerously adrift –  it’s these three.

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Chelsea Manning

Race, Power & Privilege – Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sisonke Msimang and Professor Megan Davis

Because I’m on it.  But more importantly because Megan Davis is one of the most critical voices in Australia writing and pushing questions of power, nation and place.  Her work on treaty and voice, and her writing on it, is seminal and urgent without ever resorting to polemic. Ta-Nahesi Coates words are both urgent and sublime.  His 2016 essay – the Case for Reparations – remains one of the most audacious pieces of writing in recent years both for its form (10 000 words of poetic and brutal prose) and its substance.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates (Photo: Nina Subin)

War Gardens exhibition – Lalage Snow 

The most important stories are often the ones that are told side-ways, those that refuse to be defined by the expectations of what it means to live through war, or to lose home, or to be broken hearted.  What could be better than thinking about resistance as the act of living?  This exhibition on nurturing the life of plants in the midst of conflict sounds wondrous.

How to Fillet A Fish – Josh Niland 

An important conversation about the ethics of food, thrown into a how-to session that will have you walking out with serious foodie credentials?  How can you possibly miss this?

Josh Niladxx (Credit-Jason Loucas)
Josh Nilad. (Photo: Jason Loucas)

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