AND/OR Panel Discussion

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by Alexis Desaulniers-Lea

Presented by Midsumma Festival's AND/OR program and Immigration Museum.

And/or; these are words we are often offered in forms, surveys, legal documents. It's amazing how two words are meant to summarise the complexities of intersectional identities. Join leading artists from the AND/OR program to expand on those complexities, discussing some of the strengths and challenges of 'And/or'.

Facilitated by the incomparable Patrick Hayes, along with our esteemed guest panellists; Jamila Main, Elvin Lam and Jodee Mundy OAM. Join them as they explore the ideologies behind "And/Or" as a program and concept, upholding the voices of queer, trans & gender diverse creatives having lived experiences with disabilities.

AND/OR breaks new artistic ground, shining the spotlight on our communities and centering own voices. Autonomy, expression, humour, agency, innovation, urgency, strength, access, collaboration, humility, visibility, showcase, experimentation, politics, affirmation, self-representation and more collide and amalgamate in endless recombinations. AND/OR.

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In the interest of safety this discussion will be held outdoors in the Immigration Museum courtyard. Tickets include entry to the museum and exhibition Becoming You: An Incomplete Guide.


This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.




Patrick was the Program Manager at Midsumma that planted the seed of AND/OR in 2021, His experience has been varied from a multitude of festivals being a former Associate Producer of Melbourne Fringe and Project Coordinator at APAM - Australian Performing Arts Market presented by Brisbane Powerhouse, to currently working as a Producer at MILKE producing works and working at RMIT creating projects for students. Patrick has made a career around creating space, for communities, audiences and artists.


Jamila Main is a queer, disabled actor, playwright, and activist. Accessibility, inclusion, and joyful rigour inform Jamila’s award-winning practice. Notable roles include Phoebe in the development of Curiosity (dir. Shari Sebbens, Sydney Theatre Company); Milla in Butterfly Kicks (dir. Mary Angley, RUMPUS); and Sita, Jamila’s feature film debut in Shadow (Back to Back Productions). In 2021 Jamila created and performed Benched, with seasons presented by FELTspace, Carclew for SALA Festival, and Headspace Berri, with seasons presented by Midsumma Festival, Pillow Fight, and Darlinghurst Theatre Company in 2022. Jamila uses theatre and online platforms to create community connection, and has written about online presentations of live work for ArtsHub.




Originally from Hong Kong, Elvin Lam is a Deaf freelance dancer, actor and visual artist. Although born profoundly Deaf, Elvin was determined to be a dancer and artist despite many people telling him it was not possible. His love of the arts began at an early age through the reading of Japanese anime cartoons, inspiring him to create and draw his own cartoon series and won many competitions at school. He majored in Art at school and went on to study Costume & Set Design at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing in Hong Kong. In 2000 he moved to Australia to study Building Design.

While living in Melbourne, Elvin joined the group Deaf Can Dance (now The Delta Project) performing in works such as Under My Skin in 2016. He continues to practice his drawing, and examples of his work can be found on social media platforms throughout Melbourne. He has an interest in animation and film and is hoping to work in this genre in the near future. As a Deaf artist, Elvin is passionate about supporting and advocating for the rights of Deaf culture and many of his works explore how world and environmental issues appear from the Deaf perspective


Jodee Mundy OAM (she/her) is an artist, performer and creative director based in Naarm/Melbourne. Working across performance, film, installation and festival curation, Jodee explores modalities of communication, the senses, inclusion, exclusion, community, access and power.  Her  award -winning works Imagined Touch created with Deafblind artists and her solo show Personal has been presented at Arts House, Sydney Festival, Darwin Festival, Carriage Works, Sydney Opera House, Spill Festival of performance and the Barbican Centre in London. Everyone in her family is Deaf except for her and Auslan is her mother tongue.  She is the inaugural director of FUSE, Darebin's new contemporary multi arts festival and is currently directing FUSE for her third year. Jodee identifies as a CODA (child of Deaf adults) and, until recently, disabled herself. She lives with a chronic illness balancing her artistic practice, her work, and two small children. She is a recipient of a Green Room Award  for Innovation in Experiential Theatre with nominations for Writing, Best Production, Best Design, best Direction and a Helpmann Award nomination for Best Visual/physical Production. She was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2020 for Service to the Performing Arts. For more information: 

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Auslan Interpreted
Relaxed Performance
Wheelchair Access

Dates & Times

WHEN Sat 29 Jan 1:30pm


FULL $23.00
CONC $10.00
3-SHOW PKG 10% off all 3 eligible shows
EARLY BIRD 15% off if purchased prior to 13 December


Immigration Museum

400 Flinders St, Melbourne CBD

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Flinders Street


35, 70 or 75 to stop 3

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