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Being a voice is the result of a public callout for LGBTQIA+ young people aged 15-25 who live, study, play or work in Monash to share their experience of being part of the rainbow community. It is a collaboration between MGA, JOY and the City of Monash to create a platform for our community to share their lived experiences.


In early 2022 MGA put the call out to artists from the LGBTQIA+ community to submit up to five photographs and the option to include an audio recording documenting their story. There were no caveats or limits placed upon the responses, leaving  it open to artists to explore their experiences of being part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Put simply, the artists explored their lives in their own ways and through their own voices.  JOY mentored each artist in the audio recording process through a how to guide.


The resulting sweep of images by nine artists reflects the diversity of experience. Their individual creative responses are deeply personal and bring to the fore the complexity of their personal journeys, the challenges they have faced and how their cultural backgrounds and social values and norms intersect into their lived experience.


In the extended exhibition David Rosetzky’s ‘Being ourselves’ (2020) will be screened daily. In 2020 Rosetzky created a two-channel synchronised video installation as part of the Portrait of Monash commissioning exhibition in which he responded to the experience of members of the LGBTQIA+ community who live, work or study within the City of Monash. The diversity of their experiences is brought to bear in their honest and open conversations directed by the artist.

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Hear from the Curator, MGA Director Anouska Phizacklea and the Mayor of the City of Monash, Cr Stuart James as they discuss the exhibition and being part of Rainbow families.

Being a voice podcast specialJOY Media
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