by Renay Xuereb

Heroines Heritage
Episode one – Melissa

Liliana Occhiuto

As part of the program Gathering Honey Blacktown Arts invites you to listen to episode one of Heroines Heritage (2022) titled Melissa by Liliana Occhiuto, a podcast honouring the lives of heroic female figures within the Fairfield region.

Having stories solely sourced from elderly women with cultural significance to Fairfield, this work captures the stories of migrants, mothers, rebels and freedom fighters and aims to celebrate the lives of these women through the use of historically charged audio stories. Complete with immersive soundscapes to reflect the nature of each episode.

Heroines Heritage was presented at Australian National Maritime Museum for Vivid Sydney in June 2022, as part of Our Place.

This work was commissioned by PYT Fairfield as part of their 2022 Artists in Residence program.

Artist Bio

Liliana Occhiuto is an emerging queer artist based and working within western Sydney who specialises in creating multi-disciplinary artworks crafted to evoke empathy through sensory immersion. Throughout her art career, she has created works suited to various art purposes, including; gallery spaces, film, theatre, podcasts and standalone pieces.
Liliana has utilised creative solutions to make works that have served communal purposes. Be it via education, collaboration or active consultation with local arts bodies and organisations, she has repeatedly showcased her abilities to be a creative force capable of creating engaging works suited for various purposes. Her work with Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, PYT Fairfield, Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E), PACT, CuriousWorks, as well as the Creative Leadership In Learning (CLIL) initiative for the Sydney Opera House, can attest to this.

Image courtesy of Anna Kucera