In 2013 Aldona Kmiec, a Polish-Australian artist has facilitated an inclusive public art project in Ballarat Australia, designed to combat graffiti called We R You. WeRYou project has led to massive photo portraits of Ballarat residents being pasted up in graffiti hotspots across the city. Aldona and City of Ballarat’s arts and culture has been working with various community groups to create hundreds of giant paper portrait murals in areas of the city and, at the same time Aldona has been teaching participants some valuable photographic skills so they could also contribute to the project.
One of the participants, Sadiqi Mukasa was a secondary school student at Phoenix P-12 Community College. Sadiqi arrived to Australia from the Democratic Republic of the Congo as a refugee with his family and have called Ballarat home for over three years. Sadiqi reckons it’s pretty cool to have his face up on walls around Ballarat.”You just walk around and people say, ‘have I seen you somewhere?’, and you’re like, ‘probably on the big posters’. It’s pretty awesome, you kind of feel like you’re a bit famous or something.” In August 2015 Australian presenter Tara Dennis and Better Homes & Gardens television crew show traveled to Ballarat to join Aldona Kmiec during the program, featuring the participants of We R You.
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