Rahim Fortune (US)

I can't stand to see you cry

Image: Rahim Fortune, [Billy & Minzly], 2020. Courtesy the artist and Sasha Wolf Projects.

Image: Rahim Fortune, Billy & Minzly, 2020. Courtesy the artist and Sasha Wolf Projects.

Grace and crisis in the American South.


01 March - 24 March


Abbotsford Convent (outdoors) [i]
1 St Heliers St, Abbotsford
24 hrs


Social Futures


Wheelchair access



I can’t stand to see you cry is an exploration of Texas and the surrounding states, as well as the people who are fixed within its complex landscape.

Winner of the Arles Discovery Award 2022, Rahim Fortune analyses relationships between family, friends and strangers, all caught in a flood of health and environmental issues while working to maintain grace. Drawing on his own personal experience, the artist explores the friction between public and private life, and the unspoken tensions in daily life through an approach rooted in the landscape.

Through his biographical approach to photography, Fortune also attempts to unpack his own identity and experience in the midst of a pandemic, civil unrest, a cross-country move, a career, and the loss of a parent, thinking about both the future and past.

Curated by PHOTO Australia

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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