QUEER ZAGREB, CROATIA, MAY 2018

PHOTOS BY SARAH HICKSON

Adriana
"When I imagine speaking back to who or what has power over me, I become silent and can't put it into words."

Ivana
"I reclaim my sovereignty, I reclaim my power, and I use it for the benefit of all human beings."

Aida
"What I cannot talk about has the greatest power over me."
 

Zvonko
"I have the power to make people happy, and sleep like an innocent child, but food is my addiction.  Food has power."

Hrvoje
"To fear or not to fear the system and those who believe in that system has had power over me in the past."

Rina
"I'm taking my life back. I call the shots. I decide what I want to do now. I am no longer defined by being bipolar."

BLEACH* FESTIVAL FOR FESTIVAL 2018,
GOLD COAST, APRIL 2018

Photos by KATE HOLMES

Nicole
"Fantasy has power over reality, and I have perpetual feelings of wanting more, being more, having more."

Livia
"I spoke of the love I have for my adopted country Australia, the land and its peoples."

Petra
"Bullies once had power over me but not anymore. Even though I might be different, I own my difference now."

Tim
"I spoke of my ability to overcome  and the power of empathy and family in my life."

Simone
"The patriarchy has power over all of us, dumbing us down to value a bottom line of greed."

Anne
"I spoke about the time I felt the most politically powerless, and my journey to a mass movement for change."

Tani
"My desire to be perfect has power over me, but my memory loss hinders me from achieving my potential."

Jeff
"In my 50th year, I am finally stepping into the power of my own life through story telling, and a loving relationship."

Kerrie
"Pharmaceutical companies who put people over profit have power over most of us."
 

FESTIVAL 2018, GOLD COAST, APRIL 2018

Photos by KATE HOLMES

Ian
"I spoke of the power of community, the importance of activism, and the love I have for my father."

Beverley
"I'm a 75 year old woman.  Thirty years after her death, my mother still has power over me." 

Gregory
"I am Waanyi and Jaru from North West Queensland. I believe in a higher power for Indigenous peoples globally."

Tiah
"I believe in the power narratives around the acceptance of failure as part of the entrepreneurial journey."

Lizi
"I have a disability and that's all my employer ever sees.  Labels are for soup cans not for people."

Tristan
"The modern world-order has power over me. I'd like to say your time is up. You're in urgent need of elimination."

Kerrie
"I created Clarity to connect to your subconscious to release feelings and beliefs not working for you."

Arwen
"I released the dark me of self doubt. I don't need you anymore. I've got a better offer. Goodbye!"

Donna
"I was bullied as a child and I've now founded Dreamguards to take the power back for ourselves."

Eve
"I spoke of the fear that has power over me and prevents me from realising my potential and my dreams." 

Adam
"Casting directors have power over me: they control my access to the right people and charge me for the privilege." 

Nadia
"Love has power over me in  moments with family, friends, strangers and in the natural world."

Nasrin
"I have power over myself. I learnt that the only one who can effect me on any aspect of my life is myself." 

Rebecca
"I'm a poet and I'm 16. I spoke about asylum and the injustices immigrants and refugees experience."

Stephen
"Is Shakespeare the real pensman?  Those in power fear losing their revenue by exposing the truth."

Pete
"The mind and heart are powerful weapons against pain and fear, and how much power it has over you."

Josh
"I'm a poet and a performer and I spoke of surrendering power to apathy, and staying clean."

Robbie
"The person with power over me gave me HIV. Without him, I would not have found the power to be out and proud."

Julia
"I have a deep respect for the power that music has to influence social awareness and increase human consciousness."

MJ
"I'm a slam poet and I'm 16.  I spoke of the tale of Humbert Humbert and the power he had over Lolita."

Anne
"The people who have power over me are extremely rich people, but I revolt and I'm an activist on the streets."

THEATRE IN THE MILL, BRADFORD, february 2018

Photos by Sarah Hickson

Aisha
"I spoke about my father’s honour and the expectation to maintain it, but it’s my honour and I’m taking it back."

Jenny
"Live your truth, live it hard, live it well, live it every single minute of every single day."

Richard
"I’m offended that in 2018 more than four thousand people live on the streets and one million people use food banks."

Sharena
"Fear, you have controlled my life for too long. I dam you to an eternal wave of light."

Leon
"I spoke about bad rhetorical language and how it corrodes our society, and the damage it does in the arts."

Si Pi
"I have the power and you have the choice. Take it. Power must be taken. It will never be gift wrapped."

Ryan
"I am a trans non binary queer artist. The people who have power over me are my ‘allies’."

Fay
"The men who called me a whore, a fake and all the voices they created in my head that say I'm not good enough."