Self Portrait Study, 2015

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Self portrait studies of my mental processes analysing and observing the injustices in society(ies). I continually aim to be as aware and educated in social movements that focus on liberating and empowering minorities. It was during and on reflection after a study trip to the United States (where currently, and historically, there are systematic, institutional and outright acts of racism) I was confronted by the existence of this reality. As a Anglo Saxon Caucasian Australian, I often wondered how people who experience some of the worst social discrimination would view myself and if they, or anyone, can identify allies out from the many people within a city and society. It likely is not enough to just be, to try express with body language the alliance to minorities. Being an ally requires action and listening to those without privilege to voice their experience and opinions.
Furthermore, it blows my mind how many people do not realise this epidemic, whether it be to do with race, gender, speciesism, etc. It is through these studies that I try to illustrate my bewilderment, offence and disappointment with the reality of society’s general attitude, lack of progressive action and the state of discrimination now in 2015.

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