Vic Bakin (UA)

TBWWWTB (To Be Who We Want To Be)

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Image: Vic Bakin, from the series TBWWWTB (To Be Who We Want To Be), 2023. Courtesy the artist.

Celebrating Ukraine's queer community.


27 January - 24 March


The Substation Billboard Gallery [i]
1 Market St, Newport
Works are also viewable along the the Werribee and Williamstown line
24 hrs


Queer Futures


Wheelchair access



After decades of Soviet forbiddance and suppression, the queer scene in Ukraine has sprouted from the underground. Artist Vic Bakin captures images of this emerging community during the Russian invasion.

“While still being marginalized by the society brought up in Soviet times, the Ukrainian queer scene, little by little, obtains its own unique voice, different from others,” says Bakin. “I personally feel obliged to give this voice a visual form, one of many.”

“The message is simple: each person deserves the right for self identification, the right to be who we want to be. Quiet but brave at the same time, we, these people, are facing another round of oppression coming from the same cancerous imperialistic entity. However, it’s already clear that the new generation will be the one who will change our country for the better. I admire these beautiful people.”

A Queer PHOTO exhibition curated by Brendan McCleary Presented by Midsumma, PHOTO Australia and The Substation as part of Queer PHOTO 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