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.
Behind this smile I see my people trying to change themselves to fit in.
Behind this smile I believe we all want to feel valued and accepted.
Behind this smile I think it’s ok to be different but we should all be treated the same.
Behind this smile my faith defines me and my way of life.
Behind this smile I believe that identity is everything.
Behind this smile I think difference is beautiful.
Behind this smile is a good Australian who loves his country.
Behind this smile I believe we are all human, living under one big banner of humanity.
Behind this smile I fight for justice, fairness and equality.
Behind this smile I believe unless we understand ourselves, there is no way to understand anyone else.
Behind this smile I believe the whole of humanity is one big family.