Asafe Ghalib (BR)

Queer Immigrants

27 January - 24 March
Asafe Ghalib

Image: Asafe Ghalib from the series Queer Immigrants, 2019. Courtesy the artist.

Intimate, bold portraits that aim to empower the queer community.


27 January - 24 March


Werribee Park Mansion [i]
Gate 2, K Rd, Werribee South
Daily, 10am – 5pm


Queer Futures


Wheelchair access



Asafe Ghalib photographs individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community, including friends and fellow-artists. Working mostly in black-and-white and sepia photography, Ghalib’s images recall newspaper and historical photographs both from old books and magazines as well as traditional family photos—a type of portraiture that has been present since the invention of photography.

In embracing these parameters, the artist aims to confront societal expectations and stereotypes, building a powerful platform for the queer community to reclaim agency, as well as inspiring others to question the status quo.

“I mostly photograph individuals by themselves in order to allow their personality to emerge in full bloom,” says Ghalib. “I want to communicate the person’s ideas in their rawest, most beautiful and empowered form.”

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