Ross McDonnell (IE)

Lost Boys

29 April 2022 - 29 May 2022
Image: Ross McDonnell, from the series [LOST BOYS], 2012. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Ross McDonnell, from the series LOST BOYS, 2012. Courtesy the artist.


29 April 2022 - 29 May 2022


Le Space [i]
1 Mater St, Collingwood
Wed – Fri, 12pm – 2pm
Sat, 12pm – 5pm




Wheelchair access



Following news reports of the increasing numbers of young men from Afghanistan arriving on European shores as asylum seekers, Ross McDonnell initiated a new project to collaborate with these so-called ‘Lost Boys of Afghanistan’.

The resulting series—premiering at PHOTO 2022—was produced in collaboration with Assad Ullah, a photographer McDonnell befriended and worked with in Kabul. Using techniques passed down from his father, Assad hand-tinted silver gelatin fiber prints with his fingers and oil paints, creating this set of unique, colourised portraits.

The project challenges our preconceptions about Afghanistan and Migration through an examination of the photographic process and its cultural norms.

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  • Ying Ang

    Working as artist, educator and curator, Ying Ang’s critically acclaimed book, Gold Coast, won the New York Photo Festival and Encontros Da Imagem book prizes for 2014. She fulfilled the role of chief curator for the Obscura Festival of Photography in Malaysia in 2016 and was the keynote speaker at the inaugural Photobook New Zealand. Her latest work, Bower Bird Blues, was a Vevey Images Grand Prix finalist, honorably mentioned for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award and exhibited in a solo show for Rencontres d’Arles in France in 2019. Ying was most recently featured in FIRECRACKERS: Female Photographers Now, a showcase of contemporary female photographers published by Thames & Hudson, and How We See: Photobooks By Women, featuring 21st-century photobooks by women photographers. Ying is currently teaching at the ICP in New York and is the Director of the Reflexions Masterclass in Europe and Le Space Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.


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

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