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A Young Black Kangaroo

Qiulin Li
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Qiulin Li.  Documents people’s diverse lives in the Sydney suburb, Woolloomooloo. 

‘A Young Black Kangaroo’ (2019) documents people’s lives in the Sydney suburb, Woolloomooloo. Woolloomooloo is a Harbourside inner-city suburb famous for Finger Wharf, a trendy place with fine dining and hip bars with water views. Meanwhile, Woolloomooloo is also known for its high density of public housing and homeless gathering. Such distinctive polarisation between the rich and the poor in one area arouses my thinking of social class differences.

Public housing is one of the most conspicuous social welfare that supports lower incomer to live decently in society. However, the public housing policy in Australia has been changing over the years with a higher enter threshold and lesser housing stock. The current policy focuses on the people in “great need” — the people who experience homelessness, mental illness, disability, family violence and alcohol and/or drug dependence, which dramatically changed tenant structure. 

In this project, I visited local public housing residents in their home and photograph them and their interior. It is an exploration of the Woolloomooloo public housing tenant structure and the underlying stories. Revealed people’s dream and struggle, desire and void.

A young black kangaroo is the meaning of Woolloomooloo in aboriginal language.

I’m a documentary photographer from China, with a Master of Art from UNSW Art and Design. 

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