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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.

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The Migrant

by Jacqui Stockdale

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 Finalist

Migration: a state of change and movement; an attempt to depart from the past to forge a new beginning. Ariana Callejas Capra migrated to Australia from Costa Rica in 2001 – she has been a friend and a subject in several of my portraits over the years. This image was taken at a time of emotional upheaval in her life, yet her vulnerability is gracefully contained within her shrouded headdress and poised composure. The hand-painted background depicts a disused quarry in Bendigo, Victoria called Dai Gum San, Chinese for ‘Land of Hope and Promise’. Ariana’s portrait expresses an inner migration at a deeper level, a moment of challenge and urgent reconstruction.

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018

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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.