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African / Australians
Louise Whelan
27 January – 22 March 2015
Ground Floor, Level 1 & 2

Ground Floor, Monday to Friday 8am to Midnight, Saturday 10am to Midnight, Sunday 11am to 5pm
Level 1/2 Monday to Friday 10am to 7pm, Saturday to Sunday 11am to 4pm

 

Louise Whelan’s new series ‘African / Australians’ documents newly settled African communities in Australia from Sudan, South Sudan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Liberia, Senegal, Ghana and Rwanda. Photographed over eleven years across New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland Louise captures the vibrant energy of African colour palettes and patterns with Australian suburbia and landscape. Confident with colour, style and stance, subjects pose proudly identifying with both African and Australian culture.

 

Louise Whelan works across various fields from documentary and fine art photography through to corporate, advertising, editorial and film stills. She photographs for the state libraries of NSW and WA and the National Library of Australia. She has more than 30 national and international awards to her name including Winner, Julia Margaret Cameron Award (Documentary and Editorial, 2012); Finalist, National Portrait Prize (2012 and 2013), Finalist, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (2010, 2011); Semi Finalist Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (2012 and 2013, 2014); and Finalist, Sydney Life Hyde Park (2011.2012,2013 and 2014)

“The visual interaction from the vibrant energy of the African colour palettes and patterns with Australian suburbia and landscape commands attention. Confident with colour, style and stance, subjects pose proudly identifying with both African and Australian culture. 
This work is about building relationships and trust with my fellow Australians, a trust that I will represent people accurately. I see this as privileged work. Many of the people who I have photographed and interviewed have become part of my life … my friends.”
Louise Whelan

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