Over six months in 2013 I facilitated a public art project in Ballarat, designed to combat graffiti. #WeRYou project was a series of paste ups ‘Street Art’ style with massive photo portraits of Ballarat residents being pasted up in graffiti hotspots. Various community groups were involved to create hundreds of giant paper portrait murals and participate in my photographic workshops. The most memorable memory I have was working with the group of former Afghani and African refugees as well as local Indigenous people.
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.