“This Dome is an art project that combines Karen music, poetry, and video recording that examines the life of migrants and refugees during a lockdown period. We have incorporated spoken word and music to produce slices of life experienced by a family, community, and friends during the lockdown and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The idea of a safe dome, perhaps a house, in the Australian suburb is explored in this project. It is a unit that is both connected to the larger social phenomena, such as the health and economic crises brought by COVID-19. However, beyond being safe, secure, and immune from the deadly and infectious disease, a house can be a world, or a small planet, where relationships exist between familial and intimate connections. Perhaps, it can be the experience of a family and their connection to their outside world, their extended family, friends, neighbours, and community.”
This Dome by Reagan Romero Maiquez and Eh Su
Reagan Romero Maiquez: Poetry, Sound, Editing
Eh Su: Music Performance, Lyrics, Editing
About Reagan Romero Maiquez and Eh Su
Reagan Romero Maiquez completed his doctoral degree at Monash University’s Theatre, Performance, and Music Program and received the department’s best thesis award for his ethnographic research on flow and performances in the Sinulog Festival of Cebu, the Philippines. Currently, he is involved in various projects here in Australia as a permanent resident. These include the development of inter-/transcultural community theatre within Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Refugee Communities in Victoria and research and teaching in the Australia-Asia community theatre and practice. He was part of the 2019 Emerging Cultural Leaders Program at the Footscray Community Arts Centre. He has published a book of poetry under the University of the Philippines Press and his poems are also available in Cordite Poetry Review.
Eh Su is the secretary and general coordinator of the arts and cultural group, the Australian Karen Cultural Association Inc. He came from the Karen State in Myanmar and was a refugee in Thailand for ten years before becoming an Australian Citizen. Eh Su has been trained as a professional Teacher in Thailand and now works as a Community Strengthening Officer, Social Worker, and Cultural Worker in Wyndham Community and Education Centre. Eh Su has been trained in playing the Karen traditional harp and music and in the performance of Karen dances. He has performed in many cultural events in Tasmania, Victoria, and NSW. Eh Su is also currently working to produce educational, teaching, and inspirational videos online for learners of English and Karen languages.
Image credit: Eh Su and Reagan Romero Maiquez. Photography by Kleh Htoo.