Cul­ture through lens

MUS­LIMS’ PHO­TO­GRAPHIC STORY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

A PHO­TO­GRAPHIC project em­pow­er­ing West Aus­tralian Mus­lim stu­dents to share their di­verse sto­ries with the wider com­mu­nity will be show­cased as part of My Story, My Home – a free pub­lic ex­hi­bi­tion aimed at rais­ing cul­tural aware­ness, and build­ing un­der­stand­ing and ac­cep­tance.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was launched on Oc­to­ber 24 at the Ruth Faulkner Li­brary to com­mem­o­rate United Na­tions Day and is open un­til Novem­ber 4.

Fea­tur­ing vis­ual sto­ries by 25 stu­dents, the ex­hi­bi­tion was de­vel­oped by the City of Bel­mont in part­ner­ship with World Press Photo Perth and the Aus­tralian Is­lamic Col­lege in Kew­dale.

In pre­par­ing for the ex­hi­bi­tion, stu­dents worked with in­ter­na­tion­ally awarded pho­to­jour­nal­ist Tim Mat­sui for two weeks, learn­ing how to com­pose and share vis­ual sto­ries on­line and in an ex­hi­bi­tion.

Cit­i­zen­ship and Mul­ti­cul­tural In­ter­ests Min­is­ter Mike Na­han said the ex­hi­bi­tion aimed to com­bat stereo­types and show the di­ver­sity and the com­mon con­nec­tions within and across the com­mu­nity.

“The sto­ries show­cased through this project are sto­ries of strength, friend­ship, com­pas­sion and un­der­stand­ing,” he said. “This ex­hi­bi­tion high­lights many of the val­ues that have made WA one of the world’s most suc­cess­ful mul­ti­cul­tural com­mu­ni­ties.”

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