My Story, My Home: photographic project empowering WA Muslim students

My Story, My Home: photographic project empowering WA Muslim students

A PHOTOGRAPHIC project empowering West Australian Muslim students to share their diverse stories with the wider community will be showcased as part of My Story, My Home – a free public exhibition aimed at raising cultural awareness, and building understanding and acceptance.

The exhibition launched on October 24 at the Ruth Faulkner Library to commemorate United Nations Day and is open until November 4.

The State Government has supported the exhibition through the Office of Multicultural Interests’ Community Grants.

Featuring visual stories by 25 students, the exhibition was developed by the City of Belmont in partnership with World Press Photo Perth and the Australian Islamic College in Kewdale.

In preparation for the exhibition, the students worked with internationally awarded photojournalist Tim Matsui for two weeks, learning how to compose and share their visual stories online and in an exhibition.

Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Mike Nahan said the exhibition aimed to combat stereotypes and show the diversity and the common connections within, between and across the community.

“The stories showcased through this project are stories of strength, friendship, compassion and understanding,” he said.

“This exhibition highlights many of the values that have made Western Australia one of the world’s most successful multicultural communities.”