Artist statement: This work is part of an ongoing photo essay of Sudanese refugees living in Australia. I followed Nelson Kur (rock) Deng (rain), an aspiring Human rights lawyer, around Melbourne for two weeks documenting his everyday life. While he has two Australian university scholarships under his belt and has been in Australia for 15 years (more than half his life), he wonders out loud when he will be able to practice as a lawyer and be called ‘Australian’ as opposed to a refugee, an African, Sudanese or South Sudanese. Is Nelson going to stay in the shadows or step out from them? Time will tell …
Photographed in his public housing ﬂat at the time, in Fitzroy in 2017.