Audacious Joy

Audacious Joy 3 by Julia Faragher
Audacious Joy 3 by Julia Faragher.

Audacious Joy

Julia Faragher

18 June – 6 September 2021

Brindabella Business Park
Foyer, 23 Brindabella Circuit, Canberra Airport ACT

Opening hours
9am-5pm Mon-Fri

Julia Faragher is an artist, photographer, filmmaker and writer. She is mixed-race with Vietnamese/British heritage and a Manx surname. She won the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award for Arts and Multimedia 2019 and was nominated for ACT Young Woman of the Year 2020 for directing and producing documentary series From Amateur to Artist and in recognition of her ongoing contribution to the Canberra arts community.

Audacious Joy challenges the focus of stories and media representations of the Asian Australian experience on tragedy and trauma and carves out a small space for Asian joy. While there are many constant challenges to being Asian in Australia, Audacious Joy takes a moment to celebrate the positive emotions that arise from the Asian Australian identity. The work consists of three photographs each featuring an Asian Australian woman in a jubilant pose. The bright colours of pink, gold and orange evoke the warmth of happiness and are presented against an optimistic blue sky. When the work is viewed from left to right as a whole, the figure appears to spin. This element of motion invigorates the still photographic work by giving it a carefree feeling and suggests that it captures a dance.

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This exhibition is part of the IGNITE program for artists who identify as disabled, D/deaf, HOH, chronically ill, neurodiverse or who have lived experience of mental health issues.