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Citizen
Launch Event: Thursday 15 September 2022, 6.30-8.30pm

Exhibition Date: September 13 — October 23 2022
Event Information

Through Citizen, FONI seeks to normalise the place of South Sudanese communities within Australian society. In developing Citizen,  FONI’s process involved inviting South Sudanese Australians to take part in conversations while being photographed for their portraits.

Stories were shared about diasporic feelings of longing to belong, of achieving dreams, of racial issues, the generational disconnects, communication challenges, the struggle to be themselves, and their shared isolations. Experiences were echoed about the shifts undertaken when moving between lands – changes in behaviour, ideology, and self-image.

Through this series of oil portraits, FONI aims to illustrate the personalities and dreams of each member of the South Sudanese community as individuals.

“My painting practice explores identity, deterioration, and power dynamics. I aspire to celebrate my heritage and communicate my thoughts through art.” – FONI

Launch Event: Thursday 15 September 2022, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Exhibition Date: 13 September — 23 October 2022
Venue: Entrance Gallery 

Opening hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 

This event is presented by Footscray Community Arts as part of the 2021 Residency Program.

Date & Times
When

13 September — 23 October 2022

Venue
Entrance Gallery
Cost
Accessibility

Footscray Community Arts is a wheelchair accessible venue and an accessible toilet is available in the venue.
Accessible parking and a taxi/drop off area is located on the Moreland Street side of Footscray Community Arts.

Meet the Artist
  • FONI
    FONI

    is an African Australian artist living in the West. I currently study Bachelor of Design at LCI Melbourne, and volunteer at Trocadero Art Space. My painting practice at the moment explores identity, deterioration, and power dynamics. I aspire to celebrate my heritage and communicate my thoughts through art. My aim is to contribute to my community, enrich my space, and also continuously learn and grow in my field. Very eager to meet new people with different perspectives and knowledge.

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