Photographic exhibition and catalogue: Building a home away from home.
The project documents the experiences of Iranian immigrants to Melbourne through practice-led research and contacts in the community. Iranian immigrants will be photographed and interviewed in their homes and asked to provide photographs of their home in Iran. The photographs will be juxtaposed to create a new image accompanied by the interviews, which will explore the participants' experiences and identities as immigrants in Australia in comparison to their previous lives in Iran.
Kati Javan is an Iranian female photographer who moved to Australia in 2009 after completing her bachelor degree. She completed her MFA at Deakin University in 2013 and currently works as a freelance photographer and artist. Kati volunteers at the Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP) and at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. In 2014, she won the first prize for Leica and Ilford excellence in Media Art at CCP gallery.
Kati's Masters by research resulted in an exegesis and series of photographs called Correspondences, in which she used family album photographs prior to Iran’s revolution and juxtaposed them with more recent photographs of family in Iran and her own experiences as a migrant.