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Lee Grant April 15, 2011

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Australia.

Sudanese Diaspora in Australia, Canberra, 2010

Lee Grant (b. 1973, Australia) has a degree in Anthropology and recently completed a Master of Visual Arts at the ANU School of Art. After a ten year domestic hiatus Lee returned to photography in 2005 and has since exhibited at the Australian Centre for Photography, the Monash Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery and the Queensland Centre for Photography amongst others. Lee has been a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize (twice), Head On (twice), the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Prize, Critical Mass 09, Sony/ACMP’s Projections as well as the prestigious Bowness Photography Prize. She was recently published in Hijacked Vol. 3: Australia and Germany and has  been featured in numerous online zines and blogs.

About the Photograph:

“I started working on this project about the Sudanese diaspora in Australia after photographing a Sudanese family for another project set in suburbia. According to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Sudanese community is  one of the fastest growing groups in Australia. In the last few years many Sudanese immigrants have moved into the outer suburbs of where I live. This photograph is one of a number of formal portraits taken as part of this ongoing series. Anna (17) holds her sleeping daughter, Aguet (2 months). Like many other young Sudanese, Anna faces a future of challenges – balancing family responsibilities and other traditional expectations with both opportunity and prejudice in a new social and cultural environment. She continues to go to school when she can but more often than not stays at home to look after her daughter and help her Mother with the rest of her extended family.”