Photography Studio 3 – Project Proposal

Returning to Rural NSW, I am brought back into the ever present cracks of prejudices toward
differences that are more seen in the social landscapes of rural Australia.
The remoteness and isolation polices the boarders from the shifts in social understandings
happening in the cities.
 
Positioning nature a symbol not just existentialist understandings but also the physicality that
brings further isolation in these areas for people of difference.
 
The biggest Hate crime against the Transgender Community is the existentialist understandings
of sex and gender that is brought to the for front of my thought in returning to Rural NSW which
only fosters the ignorance that feeds these types of crimes.
 
There has been research about “Visibility & Representation” but what about the under
represented? The people erased from our histories and social records. The people who are not
counted at all.
 
“The Under Represented” is a photographic series that keeps to my passion to use art as a form of
advocacy. Investigating how to represent the erased victims.
 
It speaks of the current state of Hate Crimes against Trans and Gender Diverse Community that
have escalated over the years even with the global spotlight of Trans and Gender Diverse visibility within mainstream
society.
 
This issue is ever present, laying at the heart of living Transgender and Gender Diverse in
Australia. The most marginalised group of our society is in a real everyday threat for living our-truth.
 
T.D.O.R or known as Transgender Remembrance Day is a ceremony that reads out the names of
Transgender people around the world who have been victims to Hate Crimes.
In Australia there has been only 2 names officially recorded as victims of hate crimes up to 2019. This is a
grouse under representation of people who have died in Australia by the hands of others that
took offense to their differences.
 
Complicated by the absence of critical data that isn’t collected about the victims upon death.
Makes tracing these victims impossible for researchers. Resulting in further erasure of an
already marginalised group. It’s a mis-justice that should be made visible.
 
How do we remember the erased? The people not even counted.
 
These victims are killed twice, 1 by the hands of their killers and 2 through the inaction within
our Australian legal system to record vital data about the victims upon death.