We Took These From In Your Dreams


Though it seems impossible, the divide between the rich and the poor continues to grow.

For a range of complex reasons, including conflict, unemployment, and climate change, people all over the world face displacement and homelessness. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget about the plight of many in poverty, for the selfish but honest fact that most of us are unaffected by it personally. Out of sight, out of mind. Well, excuse my French, but fuck that. Social and economic inequality exists everywhere, from a slum in Rio to the house a few streets up the road from you. We are all affected.

So, this month, take those rose coloured blinders off and set your sights on the incredible photography of 14 international artists exhibiting at UNSW Galleries as part of In Your Dreams. The exhibit is part of Sydney Festival and explores the impact of inequality on individuals and communities from diverse corners of the globe, including Australia, Bangladesh, China, France, Jordan, Mexico, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, South Africa and the US.

Here’s a sample of some of the standout work from four of the photographers involved.

Alejandro Cartagena

Alejandro Cartagena is a photographer from Monterrey, México, best known for his Carpoolers photo book and series. Shot from bridges and overpasses, Alejandro’s photos capture the scenes inside pick-ups trays, crammed full with men on their way to and from work. They are an incredible snapshot into the lives of the less fortunate in Mexico.

Samuel Gratacap

French photographer Samuel Gratacap has followed the lives of refugees and migrants fleeing their homelands since 2007. He spent some time documenting the conditions of the transit camp at Choucha, Tunisia, shown above. If ever you need a reminder of your privilege…

Johnny Miller

New York-based photographer Johnny Miller began to capture images of some of Cape Town’s richest and poorest neighbourhoods lying side-by-side via drone after he moved to South Africa in 2011. The difference between the rich and the poor doesn’t get more literal than this.

Andres Serrano

Andres Serrano is a New York photographer known for his confronting work, always defying the mainstream standard of beauty and focusing his eye on the bleak, and at times squalid, conditions of New York’s homeless population.

In Your Dreams is on now until 7 April, UNSW Galleries – Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington 2021. The full list of participating artists are: Jessie Boylan, Alejandro Cartagena, Samuel Gratacap, Tanya Habjouqa, Taloi Havini, Samsul Alam Helal, Maria Kourkouta, Johnny Miller, George Osodi, Raphaella Rosella, Andres Serrano, Sim Chi Yin, Zhao Liang and Mary Zournazi.

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