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sister girl, 2010

Jessie Bonson
My first series of photographs was of family and friends but eventually I experimented with self portraits. Confident about my own feelings, I know what I’m thinking. White paint is an exploration, a way of asking questions about my own Aboriginality. It is about colour, camouflage, culture, texture and aesthetic play. Streaks create an element of randomness, telling a personal story, portraying a version of me. sister girl captures a moment, an expression, a shared feeling. It might remain a bit of a mystery.

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Eyes on the Prize

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2010

A short visual essay of some of the works in the National Youth Self Portrait Prize 2010.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

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