Sophie and Mercy

Zelko Nedic2016

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Canberra, Australia

‘As a first generation African raised in Australia,
I had never noticed being from a non-majority
race in any situation in my life. When I first saw
how beautiful Sophie and I looked photographed
together – with our similar skin tones and
body types, our big lips, and Sophie’s big curls
(although I’ve spent most of my life hiding my
own) – an overwhelming sense of realisation and
pride came over me that I was a dark-skinned
young woman. I am a clear visual and physical
representation of Australia’s diversity. For me
to never really realise my whole life living here
that I am a minority race – and I am of different
appearance to most Australians – made me happy
to be in such an accepting country. It gives me
great hope and confidence in the future for me,
my sisters, brothers and children.’


  • Title: Sophie and Mercy
  • Creator: Zelko Nedic
  • Date Created: 2016
  • Medium: Type C print

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