Drawing on the extensive Facing Australia photographic database, the exhibition examines the changing faces of the nation over the last 250 years. It also explores the faces of Australia in 50 years’ time. 

Facing Australia is a national photographic portrait project that puts a face to the numbers of Australia’s population – reflecting upon our identity, place and community. The project takes population data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census and transforms it into unique composite portraits. The exhibition establishes an accurate statistical profile of a community based on three characteristics: ancestry, gender and age.

The exhibition is located near the museum’s Welcome Wall, which is engraved with the names of 30,000 migrants from more than 100 countries, allowing visitors to reflect on Australia’s identity as a modern multicultural nation. 

Main image: The Faces of Australia, 2020. Courtesy Facing Australia.

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