In 2013 I facilitated a public art project in Ballarat, designed to combat graffiti. We R You Ballarat Murals project has led to massive photo portraits of Ballarat residents being pasted up in graffiti hotspots across the city. Various community groups were involved to create hundreds of giant paper portrait murals and learn photographic skills.
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 back then. 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.