Invisible Lives, 2017
70 x 47cm, Limited Edition Archival C-Type Print 1/7 + 2AP Professionally Framed
Invisible lives depicts an asylum-seeking Para family from Sri Lanka, who have been living in Ballarat since 2013. Without permanent residency status in Australia for over a decade, their everyday struggle was often unbearable. Soon after they arrived in Ballarat, we became close, and after hearing their story, I decided to bring awareness to their situation. I found their resilience remarkable.
This portrait was taken on location in Black Hill in Ballarat for the 2017 Ballarat International Foto Biennale installation In The Process Of Healing, and respectively featured at the 2023 festival in The Real Thing exhibition titled Erased.
After a decade of advocacy and campaigning by the Ballarat community, the Para family was been granted a permanent residency in Australia in September 2023.