Sammaneh Pourshafighi (IR/AU)

Create Your Own Alter Ego

27 January - 24 March

Image: Sammaneh Pourshafighi

Local students celebrate the power of imagination and world building.


27 January - 24 March


Paine Reserve [i]
Mason St, Newport
24 hrs


Social Futures


Wheelchair access



Explore an outdoor installation of alter-ego portraits created by students from Green Tree Acting Studio with Persian artist Sammaneh Pourshafighi.

With a background in photography, collage and performance, Pourshafighi guided participants over a series of participatory hands-on workshops experimenting and developing their own alter ego. Using a selection of props, art materials, make up, and wigs, participants were encouraged to express their larger than life alter egos culminating in the collaborative production of their own photographic portraits.

This playful series of large-scale photos celebrates the power of imagination and world building available to us all.

Commissioned by Midsumma and PHOTO Australia Supported by Creative Victoria through the Victorian Government’s Go West Fund

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March