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outdoor photography exhibition by Atong Atem

South Sudanese artis Atong Atem's outdoor photographic exhibition 'Us' pays homage to and reclaims ethnographic West African studio photography of the 1960s to comment on contemporary colonialism and cultural identity.

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"This, this is me." 

Atong Atem

the experiences of young immigrants and the cultures that surround them

Atong Atem is an artist and writer from Bor living in Narrm, Melbourne. Her artworks explore postcolonial practices in the diaspora, the relationship between public and private spaces and the politics of being seen. Her portrait series, Us, reclaims the practice of ethnographic studio photography. Each image is an explosion of hyper-saturated colours, busy patterns and is a celebration of black identity and contemporary youth culture. 

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Atong Atem

Atong Atem is a South Sudanese artist and writer from Bor living in Narrm Melbourne. Born in Ethiopia she spent her first years in a Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp before moving to Australia as a child. Atong Atem studied painting at Sydney College of the Arts in 2012 before furthering her studies at RMIT. Her work has been featured in i-D and Okayafrica and was recently exhibited at The Brisbane Powerhouse Museum, where she won the inaugural MELT Portrait Prize.

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