“Feminism should always be fun” – Coco Solid
We’re excited to be celebrating the eve of International Women’s Day with Coco Solid aka Jessica Hansell (Ngāpuhi/Samoa) aka all-round creative superhero! Jessica is a writer, multimedia artist, musician, director, and producer. Her work explores and challenges gender stereotypes and sets feminist issues alongside cultural identity. Her Māori, Pacific and German heritage is intertwined in her work, making for complex, edgy and innovative art, videos, and music.
“One of Aotearoa’s most impressive artists” – Stuff
“[Her] kōrero in its entirety blew my fragile eggshell mind…” – The Spinoff
Coco Solid is the creator of cult Māori cartoon Aroha Bridge with screenwriting credits ranging from comedy Wellington Paranormal to indigenous soap Ahikaroa and is a long-time member of Taika Waititi’s Piki Films, producers of her forthcoming science-fiction series Jupiter Park.
As Coco Solid, Parallel Dance Ensemble, Badd Energy and Fanau Spa, she has gained a loyal international music following and now heads artist-led record label and production house Kuini Qontrol, which also makes independent film, audio, and animation projects. She is co-director of the Onehunga community space Wheke Fortress.
“She is some kind of spiritual, street-wise warrior princess.” – Madeleine Sami
Coco Solid was named the Fulbright Creative New Zealand Pacific writer in residence in 2018, studying at the University of Hawai’i. The following year she was named a national Arts Laureate by The Arts Foundation NZ.
In May 2022 Coco Solid released her debut novel, How to Loiter In a Turf War, now on the Ockham NZ Book Awards longlist, and tipped as a favourite to win the first book award.
“…The story has a vital pulse. It is written beautifully, laden with the infinitely quotable, generously peppered with the poetic and the profound …” – Natasha Lampard, The Spinoff
Join our fave Stacey Morrison as she interviews Jessica about changing the world through story and art. A totally original and insightful thinker, Coco Solid is not to be missed.
Tuesday 7 March Doors open 6:30pm, Kōrero: 7pm – 8:30pm, Bar open til 9pm, bar snacks available.
All genders welcome, NZSL interpreters provided. There are only 90 seats available so book early by clicking below to ensure you don’t miss out!