I Am Not A Virus
About the Work
The Covid-19 pandemic has been the defining global experience of 2020, and brought to light how crisis can exacerbate experiences of already marginalised communities. An ANU survey found over 80% of Asian Australians faced discrimination this year and numerous news reports indicate these incidents are rising due to the pandemic-related stigma. These numbers however, cannot begin to encapsulate the emotional experience that comes with being of Asian heritage during today’s climate. As we struggle to find our footing in an adjusting world, we are also faced with the burden of the rising tide of racist undercurrents that Australian society struggles to reconcile with. This project is a visual exploration of identity in the face of crisis, following the story of ElleShimada as she shares her experiences living as a Japanese artist and musician in Melbourne. It deals with themes of racism, discrimination and ultimately hope and strength – looking into how creativity and community provide avenues that exemplify the values of a multicultural country.
About the Creative
Jackie Dixon uses the medium of film and photography to capture emotion and connection in her work. Living in Melbourne with Cambodian heritage, Jackie’s work is influenced heavily by ideas of identity and belonging. Striving to reach an empathetic parallel with her subjects, Jackie aims to immerse audiences in stories of cultural heritage, multiculturalism and social cohesion.