Free, Bookings Required


Wed 23 Mar
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Victorian Pride Centre
79-81 Fitzroy St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia


Wheelchair Access

Make Identity Through Play

Make Identity Through Play Past Event

Presented by Monash University, Department of Design

By positioning your identity through playing, this workshop will empower its participants to deeply understand their own cultural identity by creating empathy and an explicit positionality towards different community concerns, like climate change, gender and decolonisation. This workshop is divided into two parts. The first part uses a reflective tool called the ‘Social Identity Map’ developed by Danielle Jacobson and Nida Mustafa. This tool guides the participants to recognise their ‘social location’ through different tiers of identity. This will help participants to understand their positionality in the society we live in. The second part uses a typical Mexican board game called ‘Loteria’, which works similarly to bingo. Each card represents an archetype where participants explore how identity changes when we see ourselves through the lens of the different tiers explored in the first half of the workshop. Topics around climate change, gender and decolonisation will be discussed; This project might explore sensitive topics such as race, class and gender, therefore recording will not be permitted.


Carlos Vazquez

Carlos Vazquez is a Latin American UX designer working in the intersection between technology and social issues, like decolonisation and gender studies. His practice is centred around the written word while producing work that encompasses workshops, digital and print creations. In 2019 Carlos received a masters degree from Monash University in Advanced Design Studies and has been collaborating with different higher education universities in Mexico.


Desiree Ibinarriaga

Desiree Ibinarriaga is a Mexican-Indigenous woman, with Chamula (Mayan), Nahuatl (Aztec) and Euskaldunak (Basque) heritage. She is a collaborative and social design maker and thinker, lecturer at Monash Art Design and Architecture, Coordinator for Indigenous Higher Degrees by Research being part of Wominjeka Djeembana Research Lab. Desiree is a passionate designer, researcher, educator and traveller. She has over 14 years of experience in the design field, across diverse disciplines, such as furniture, interior, social, decolonising and Indigenous design. Desiree’s work focuses on Indigenous peoples’ building of capacity and better ways of partnership and communication between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people through design, by recognising the relationality between people and environment while acknowledging the world as a unit. Her teaching practice encourages students to develop understanding of Indigenous methodologies and their own cultural identity through a collaborative design practice.