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The Migrant

Jacqui Stockdale2017

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Canberra, Australia

Migration: a state of change and movement; an attempt to depart from the past to forge a new beginning. Ariana Callejas Capra migrated to Australia from Costa Rica in 2001 – she has been a friend and a subject in several of my portraits over the years. This image was taken at a time of emotional upheaval in her life, yet her vulnerability is gracefully contained within her shrouded headdress and poised composure. The hand-painted background depicts a disused quarry in Bendigo, Victoria called Dai Gum San, Chinese for ‘Land of Hope and Promise’. Ariana’s portrait expresses an inner migration at a deeper level, a moment of challenge and urgent reconstruction.

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  • Title: The Migrant
  • Creator: Jacqui Stockdale
  • Date Created: 2017

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