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Behind This Smile

The Behind This Smile community art project was developed as part of the Racism. It Stops with Me Campaign

The Behind This Smile community art project was developed as part of the Racism. It Stops with Me Campaign with the aim to promote the value of cultural diversity in Hobsons Bay and to challenge cultural stereotypes.

Local residents from diverse backgrounds shared their stories and portraits. They were ready to stand up and let us know what they have learnt from their experience of racism. They want us to know who they are and what made them who they are. They believe that ultimately this is what will bring change; knowing each other and seeing the world and everyone in it as they do… as one big family.

Wendy Murray, the artist working on the project, developed the conceptual theme of the artwork in response to participants’ stories – investigating what’s behind that smile.

Behind This Smile artwork reflects the diverse cultural histories of the Hobsons Bay area and begins a positive conversation about the impact of racism on the individual.

The images are displayed at the following locations: Altona Library, Altona Meadows Library and Learning Centre, Altona North Community Library, Williamstown Library and Laverton Community Hub as well as on council flags.

We want your feedback

Grab a Behind This Smile postcard from libraries and tell us what you think about the images and stories or join in the conversation on Instagram at #behindthissmile

Read their inspiring stories below.

 

Akon's story

Behind this smile I see my people trying to change themselves to fit in.

Bridget's story

Behind this smile I believe we all want to feel valued and accepted.

Darleen's story

Behind this smile I think it’s ok to be different but we should all be treated the same.

Fatima's story

Behind this smile my faith defines me and my way of life.

George's story

Behind this smile I believe that identity is everything.

Liz's story

Behind this smile I think difference is beautiful.

Mohamed's story

Behind this smile is a good Australian who loves his country.

Oussama's story

Behind this smile I believe we are all human, living under one big banner of humanity.

Pargat and Lovepreet's story

Behind this smile no one wants to forget their religion or their culture.

Paw's story

Behind this smile I fight for justice, fairness and equality.

Rebecca's story

Behind this smile I believe unless we understand ourselves, there is no way to understand anyone else.

Samridha's story

Behind this smile I believe the whole of humanity is one big family.

Racism. It Stops With Me Campaign

Council actions as part of the Racism. It Stops With Me Campaign

Behind This Smile on Instagram

View the artwork from #BehindThisSmile