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Ethnic Teens Confront Prejudice Through Photography

By Sophie Pettit 22 January 2016
Armed with cameras and artistic flair, a group of young women are taking a stand against social and cultural injustice in the brand new exhibition, All of ME. Organised by KELY Support Group, which represents Kids Everywhere Like You, the exhibition showcases the honest and deeply personal photographs of 35 ethnic minority females hailing from countries including India and Nepal. Materialism, racial stereotypes, and alienation are just some of the themes that come to light in the stunning collection of 50 images hanging on the walls at the Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre. "Remember who you are, before the world tells you who you should be," Kawaljot Kaur reminds us through her striking series, Eureka (I've found it!), which deals with the concept of finding one's identity. Meanwhile, Marya Yaqub's The Undercover Girl explores the stereotypes many ethnic minorities encounter on a daily basis. [caption id="attachment_45609" align="aligncenter" width="660"]The Undercover Girl by Marya Yaqub The Undercover Girl by Marya Yaqub[/caption] "From other people's perspective, I am a narrow-minded person because I am not able to speak out my thoughts. But in reality, I can think beyond their thoughts," she tells Localiiz. Yaqub's message is a powerful reminder that the people we meet and the things we see are not always as they seem. [caption id="attachment_45630" align="aligncenter" width="860"]Starstruck by Maria Mohammed Starstruck by Maria Mohammed[/caption] Maria Mohammed's abstract images, Starstruck, continue with the theme of misconception, juxtaposing one monochrome image with a dreamlike scene bursting with colour. "Others often see me as a shy and quiet girl, but in reality, I am very bubbly and people get surprised when they get to know me," she tells us.

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  Explore the work of these inspirational young artists at the All of ME exhibition which runs until January 28 at Gallery L0, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre, 30 Pak Tin Street, Shep Kip Mei. (10am - 10pm daily; 10am - 6pm on January 28)
Explore more photos! Dream Amid the Chaos with Christopher Button's beautiful photos of Hong Kong, or find Peace Among the Feathers at Yuen Po Street Bird Garden.

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Sophie is always on the lookout for a great story and her next big adventure and loves nothing more than discovering the city’s hidden gems—and most delicious cocktails. When she’s not exploring new places, she’s off travelling and ticking countries off her bucket list.

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