Jessica Hansell is better known as Coco Solid – a Ngāpuhi-Samoan-German creative from Auckland. She is a Fulbright scholar from the University of Hawai'i, a New Zealand Art Laureate for multimedia arts and an established musician.
As a screenwriter, director and part-time performer for TV and film, Coco is the creator of political cartoon sitcom Aroha Bridge and a developing writer of New Zealand's first bilingual soap, Ahikāroa. As a member of Taika Waititi's writing collective, Piki Films, she contributed to Hunt For The Wilderpeople and The Breaker Upperers.
Coco has an MFA in Creative Writing from Victoria, attended the Red Bull Music Academy in Barcelona, and was keynote speaker at the Ableton LOOP Festival in Los Angeles. Her sci-fi indigenous drama series is in development alongside her first novel, How to Loiter in a Turf War – both due for release in 2021.
She also runs KuiniQontrol.com, an online record label and hub for South Pacific, indigenous, queer and wahine-driven voices. Her work has been featured in the Guardian, i-D, VICE, the Sunday Star Times, and other channels.