Fam by Where are you from?

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Fam (meaning family) is the latest exhibition in the photojournalistic project Where are you from? - exploring Australian cultural identities – created by writer and curator Sabina McKenna.

Fam addresses the complexities of familial relationships, specifically to do with identity, and seeks to redefine the conventional so-called Australian family portrait.

This series of portraits and stories celebrates, educates, and raises awareness about the black and Indigenous people of colour (BIPOC) identity through thought-provoking art and storytelling.

For many people of colour living in communities with a white predominance, the question Where are you from? is a regular encounter. While this question might be considered harmless, it can be othering and tiresome to constantly explain your existence.

The idea for Fam was born from Sabina McKenna’s experience as a Nigerian-Australian raised by family members of other cultural backgrounds (Australian-Irish, Filipino). Throughout her upbringing she encountered many other BIPOC Australians who had also been confronted with the complexity of navigating issues of culture, race and racism within their families and communities.

Like the Immigration Museum, Fam fosters the exchange of stories about culture and history, and fearlessly discusses the big questions of life. 


  • December 2023

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