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The Big Smoke by Tammy Law

The Big Smoke

Tammy Law

Sitter

Benjamin Law

Medium

Digital photography

Dimensions

64 x 48 cm

Representation
The artist represents themselves
Category

Sylvia Jones Prize for Women Artists
Digital Award

About the artwork and sitter

Benjamin Law is a well known author and broadcaster who lived in Brisbane for 13 years from the year he moved out of home, to the year he turned 30.

In this portrait, Benjamin stands behind the doors of the Brisbane Domestic Airport – an environment that embodies the strain that the pandemic has placed on movement between New South Wales (where he currently lives) and his home state of Queensland, where most of his immediate family live.

Benjamin notes: “Brisbane Airport is the site of his happiest returns and saddest farewells. With COVID-19 and closed borders, I wish more than ever I could burst through the gates to see my family”.

About the artist

Tammy Law documents stories that are reflective of her experiences of being a child of Chinese migrants. Her travels through Asia propel her to explore displaced communities through her photography. Tammy regularly exhibits her work in Australia and abroad. In addition to being an established photographer, she has curated and exhibited the work of others.

“Benjamin stands behind the doors of the Brisbane Domestic Airport – an environment that embodies the strain that the pandemic has placed on movement between New South Wales (where he currently lives) and his home state of Queensland”