On 29 March the Freilich Project launched the We Bleed the Same Exhibition in the RSSS Building at ANU. Thirty-seven people from diverse backgrounds are featured in a series of stunning portraits taken by Tim Bauer, one of Australia’s pre-eminent portrait photographers. The exhibition also includes a documentary by journalist and film-maker Liz Deep-Jones, which shares the unique stories of cultural difference, the experiences of racism, and in some cases even fleeing war to arrive in Australia. The aim of the exhibition is to create a greater understanding of our differences in order to live in a more inclusive society.
We were very pleased to have photographer Tim Bauer and film-maker Liz Deep-Jones speak with us about their inspirations for the exhibition. We were also very excited to have Lovemore Ndou, lawyer, champion boxer, and one of the show's talent, launch the exhibition for us.
The exhibition was launched during ANU's Alumni Week, and we were grateful to all alumni and others who attended. We were also very pleased to be able to include Valmae Freilich – latest addition to the exhibition – via Zoom on the night.
If you were unable to attend the launch, it's not too late to see the show! We Bleed the Same runs until September 2022, completely free at the RSSS Building at ANU, 146 Ellery Cres, Acton ACT. Photos are on show in the foyer and a second installation is open on the 1st Floor, including a documentary of the show's participants sharing their personal stories of race and racism in Australia. While you're there, share your thoughts by signing our digital guest book here or by commenting on social media and using #WeBleedtheSame.
If you're unable to attend in person, check out this media coverage: here and here or our images from the night below.