Still Life on Newstart (since 1994)
ABOUT THE PROJECT
This series explores what it’s like to survive on Newstart Allowance for one week. Each image illustrates what you can buy with the average daily groceries budget of a single person on Newstart - about $7.60. Things most people take for granted - like buying a parking ticket or bottle of shampoo – mean that on some days it's almost impossible to eat at all. The images prompt viewers to ask - how would I survive? More broadly, they speak to the widespread campaign to 'Raise the Rate' of Newstart, which governments have refused to do since 1994. While many photographers focus on people in poverty, these images turn our attention to the policy decisions that keep them poor.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Kirrily Jordan is a visual artist working across a range of media including textiles and photography. She focuses on the intersections between politics, art and economics, including the potential of visual and community arts to advocate for improved policy-making.
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Nishi Gallery