Daniel Jack Lyons (US)

Like A River

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Image: Daniel Jack Lyons, from the series Like A River, 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Trans and queer identities flourish in the Amazon.


27 January - 24 March


Footscray Community Arts (Outdoors) [i]
45 Moreland St, Footscray
24 hrs


Queer Futures


Wheelchair access



Made in collaboration with Casa do Rio, a community-based organisation that celebrates and supports the cultural lives of teenagers and young people living in the Amazon Rainforest, these portrait photographs by Daniel Jack Lyons visualise and empower this trans and queer community.

Lyons’ portraits explore how deep Indigenous traditions and modern identity politics meet in a celebratory and safe space, deep in the lush canopies and vegetation. Using a collaborative and participatory approach, these images celebrate the perennial coming-of-age impulses to express and affirm one’s individuality; and how young people remain resilient against a toxic mix of environmental degradation, violence, and discrimination rife in the Amazon.

A Queer PHOTO exhibition curated by Brendan McCleary Presented 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