NEW DELHI: The Australian High Commission is going to host a touring photographic exhibition here in the Capital celebrating the rich cultural diversity Down Under.
To be inaugurated by Victoria Premier John Brumby, “All of Us” is a rich tapestry of the people of the world who call Australia their home. It will later travel to Chennai, Mumbai and other Indian cities.
Produced by Michel Lawrence, a Melbourne-based photographer, the exhibition records the metamorphosis of modern Australia from a predominantly Anglo-Saxon settlement to a multi-cultural society.
“For two years I have been photographing representatives from every national group who now call Australia their home -- people from more than 180 different backgrounds. The exhibition comprises more than 200 photographs depicting Australia’s multi-cultural diversity including the original Australians, the indigenous people, and all subsequent immigrant groups from Asia, Africa and Europe,” he says.
The first picture Michel captured on his camera for the exhibition was of an Indian woman with her daughter. “Through the exhibition that I wrapped by the beginning of last year, I have shown that Australia is a peaceful country in which a diverse bunch of people are happily co-existing. The recent attacks on Indians working in our country are only an aberration. Violence is a terrible thing and has no place in a modern-day society. This type of behaviour against people of other countries is alien to us,” says he.
Born in Sydney, Michel grew up in Melbourne and has been photographing people all his life. His work is represented in various private and public collections, most notably the National Portrait Gallery in the Australian national Capital, Canberra, the Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne, the University of Melbourne, the Performing Arts Museum and a number of regional galleries.
The Delhi exhibition opens at the Australian High Commission premises in Chanakyapuri this Friday evening.