Melbourne ethnic Portraits Photography Aldona Kmiec

Sharing Cultures

Sharing Cultures through images Over the course of four weeks, together with Richmond based youth organisation Visionary Images I ran a series of ethnic portrait photography workshops with a local multicultural community in Fitzroy, Melbourne to create a small exhibition of portraits and stories told through images, works in clay, culturally significant costumes and personal…

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African Family Portrait

Deng Family Portrait A blast from the past! Rarely I get to photograph such dynamic beautiful family with many children. We didn’t have much time, merely an hour due to the constraints with my clients time, but we managed to create this beautiful studio family portrait session filled with fun, connection and fantastic photographs! Nyanchar recently took…

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Ballarat’s first Afghani Pop Up Tea shop Experience – Chai Khana project

Our art studio Big Space closed its doors on December 31st, we’re proud to have hosted a number of unique events. Here are some images form our last project with collaboration with CMY Ballarat called Chai Khana – Afghani Tea Experience in Ballarat. Thank you to All who supported this little but powerful initiative assisting…

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POP-UP TEA HOUSE “CHAI KHANA” IS COMING!!

“Conversations should never commence until tea is served” Dear friends, We hope this message finds you well on the cusp of yet another silly season. CMY is pleased to be announcing an exciting new Ballarat project, POP-UP TEA HOUSE “CHAI KHANA”. We have teamed up with our friends at Big Space and members of Ballarat’s Afghan…

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World rowing masters regatta Ballarat Australia

Zdzislaw Adamik, 88 years old Polish master rower in Ballarat Australia I recently hosted in my house a Polish Athlete from Krakow, Zdzisek Adamik. He says, he wakes up each morning and says to himself: you are a very lucky fella! I took the below photo on Thursday morning on the day when he won the bronze medal in…

Who Made Ballarat Heritage Weekend Exhibition Aldona Kmiec Photography

Remembrance Day

Roman & Teresa Skrypko set up the Polish Seniors Club and have been heavily involved in promoting Polish culture to Ballarat community and beyond. Roman is also a keen photographer and took his German camera on the ship to Australia back in 1949. Seeing his obvious talent in these documentary photos depicting a daily life…

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Meire De Mello:: Close your eyes and dance

by Aldona Kmiec Professional Photography Meire De Mello in Carmen Miranda outfit Meire De Mello is an inspiration. A skilled migrant she has lived in Ballarat for over two years and now works helping refugees. She is also a President of H.O.L.A. Home of Latin Association in Ballarat and if that is not enough, she runs Zumba classes…

Barriers to acceptance the diverse cultures in Australia

Barriers to acceptance

Barriers to acceptance If you were forced to leave your homeland suddenly, what five things would you take with you? On Sunday June 23rd I was part of the unique event with 150 audience – The Five Things Project organised by CMY Centre for Multicultural Youth held at the M.A.D.E Museum in Ballarat. For two…

We R You ABC Radio with Lily Partland | Aldona Kmiec participants

We R You ABC Radio Ballarat

ABC Ballarat Lily Partland interviewed participants of We R You faces Ballarat public art project. Great stories from great people – thank you again for your participation, energy and sharing your beautiful stories. The City of Ballarat’s arts and culture unit has been working with various community groups and services on an inclusive public art…

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From communism to multicultural democracy

Emotional subject on so many levels.. Huge thanks to all friends and family who have supported me in this speech. Watch my short story on WE R YOU mural project and on moving from communism to multicultural democracy, as appeared on MADE By Women – Speaker Series on May 12th, 2013 Museum of Democracy at Eureka…

M.A.D.E Eureka Flag Cupcakes Centre for Australian Democracy

Ready to launch:: MADE Ballarat

4 – 31 MAY – WE R YOU: OUR FACES, OUR COMMUNITY MADE BALLARAT :: DYNAMIC PUBLIC ART INSTALLATION … M.A.D.E is proud to feature ‘We R You’ for the month of May. Funded by the Victorian Department of Justice and supported by the City of Ballarat, ‘We R You’ is engaging people across our community…

The Art of Henna :: Priti Mehta

Commissioned work for Central Highland Arts Atlas   For My Australia Photo Exhibition at the Backspace Gallery from March 28th – April 14th 2013 Alfred Deakin Place Ballarat I set up a temporary Open Photographic Studio and invited the public to come in to be photographed by me or themselves using a camera remote control. My latest article features…

Shiree Pilkington Ballarat Artist

Maori-English-Croatian: Shiree Pilkinton

Commissioned work for Central Highland Arts Atlas A friend of Shiree Pilkinton’s recently said “so you’re Maori-English-Croatian, you speak French and you live in Australia….how did that happen?” Not surprisingly, she is often asked this.  It does seem like an unusual mix, but as Shiree points out, there were a lot of Maori-Croatian intermarriages back…

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