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Hazara

Sydney’s western suburbs of Auburn and Merrylands has become home to a thriving community of Afghan Hazaras. Having escaped from from violent persecution in their homeland of Afghanistan, the community still faces many challenges. I began  documenting the Hazara community in 2009 and is continues to work with the community providing support for the newly arrived.

Many of the young people I work with, in particular the Afghans face many questions around identity. Dealing with 3 cultures can be hard to navigate on top of language, housing and schooling issues. Parents born in Afghanistan, children have either grown up or born in Pakistan or Iran and now go to school or work here. Many families strongly encourage their children to maintain that Afghan culture but often after experiencing school here and feeling almost twice removed from the culture ends in a lot of inter-generational conflict.

This edit below is the one I shared on my instagram (https://www.instagram.com/georgevoulgaropoulos/) but I also wanted to share it here on the blog as a record

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Happy New Year

Don’t worry, no more “best of 2013″ lists. Here are some photos from the last 2 weeks. It feels great to be out and about taking photos again. Walking, without a grand narrative in mind, experiencing life through small interactions. 2014 New Year’s resolution… more walks and more experimenting.

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Ashura

The Day of Ashura is on the tenth day of Muharram in the Islamic calendar and marks the end of the Mourning of Muharram. It is commemorated by Shi’a Muslims as a day of mourning for the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of Muhammad at the Battle of Karbala on 10 Muharram in the year 61 AH (680 CE). In some Shi’a regions of Muslim countries such as Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, and Pakistan, the Commemoration of Husayn ibn Ali has become a national holiday and most ethnic and religious communities participate in it.
The procession took place at 8am on November 14th from Hyde Park down Macquarie Rd to the Botanic Gardens in Sydney’s CBD. Participants included a variety of Shi’a community groups from Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria just to name a few.
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Children of Auburn

I have just created a small trade book via Blurb. It’s a zine style notebook printed in black & white on cream un-coated paper. I have also made the iPad/iPhone formatted eBook free to download.

The book consists of a curated 20 images all from my early black & white film photos.

View book

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Walkley Magazine

Don’t worry… I’m still alive!

Below is a 2 page spread in this months Walkley Magazine. If you get a chance to see it, bit of text and some images on pages 40 and 41.p40-41_photo_essay3_web

Lots of new images but I can’t share them yet, waiting for the September issue of Sydney Mag. Exciting news is I have officially resigned from my full-time position at the community newspaper group and I’m off on my own working on freelance work, community projects and lots of personal work. I head off late August to Bulgaria and Turkey to spend some time working on the “Son of a Bulgarian” project before heading to Lebanon and Paris for a road trip and family vacation.

I also have some work up at the state library as part of the SMH 1440 exhibit which is located next to the World Press photo exhibition.

 

Refugee Week

I currently have an exhibition on at the Peacock Gallery in the Auburn Botanic Gardens. Alongside my work in the gallery, there is a documentary being screened by Why Documentaries which you can view below. There is an opportunity this Wednesday to come and have a chat with the participants and ask them some questions during a morning tea Q&A session to celebrate Refugee Week.


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