Twenty-two year old Melbournian Gina Nero takes us on a photographical journey within the rapidly growing Sudanese community.
Recently travelling to the United States, Nero embarked on an adventure off the beaten track to discover true suburban life and the people who carry on day to day in the often bleak yet surprisingly magical surroundings. Even within her hometown of Melbourne, Nero has explored rapidly evolving Sudanese culture, and is also fascinated and inspired by the art of reggae, zouk and dancehall genres. Nero’s captivating ability to approach sometimes confronting individuals and engage them to be part of her works is another interesting aspect to what she does, and instead of capturing a secret or unplanned moment, there is a certainty and honesty to the way her subjects are placed in the frame. Furthermore, Nero’s more stylised works are avant garde to say the least, with one project in particular replacing sweets with raw meats. In an age when the way people look is of such high importance, Nero is unveiling that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places.