2022 Finalists

Selina OU

Artist statement: Neighbourhood tales explores childhood, suburbia, parenthood and the path to adulthood. As a mother, I often re-experience the world through my multiracial children’s eyes as they innocently observe and question the social constructs around them. Looking beyond the nostalgia, my viewpoint is filtered with parental hope and anxiety about the challenges and prospects they may face along the way. The protagonists in these narrative landscapes are my sons but their faces have been obscured to offer anonymous portraits of time and space and the way we live as a society. These photographs were taken on location in Naarm (Melbourne) with battery-powered flashes to light the figures within the landscape, emulating genre paintings in illustrating scenes of everyday life.


The temple  2022
from the series Neighbourhood tales
pigment ink-jet print
80.0 x 120.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and Sophie Gannon Gallery (Melbourne)


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