Facing ourselves

Facing ourselves

Uma Manasseh


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My generation is somewhat lost as shifts in societal and environmental awareness makes longstanding norms appear outdated. COVID-19, isolation, and worldwide political unrest have dramatically impacted our formative years with our future tarnished by uncertainty.

This series explores notions of togetherness, separateness, activism, rebellion and what it means for my peer group to be growing up in a time of COVID-19.

My photos seek to capture the energy and freedom of my generation before lockdown and fragmented attempts to maintain connection since. Young bodies pulsating to the music in a lather of sweat are juxtaposed with intimate moments of sharing a bath, and spontaneous 2am haircuts. 

This is the unseen world of intimate encounters from a cohort publicly demanding change.


This exhibition is outdoors. Please check what COVID-19 restrictions are in place before you visit.

Artist Bio

I am inspired to create by a mix of the tender duality of beauty and suffering. Living alone in a Sydney studio whilst completing school, I found my passion for documentary and street photography. I have received honourable mentions in the documentary and student categories of the 2019 Australian photography awards, and been a finalist in the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, exhibiting online and at Agora Gallery in New York in 2021. I have exhibited in Head On Photo Festival 2020 online, and at Gaffa Gallery.

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