Graffitied across a construction site: “Go home you yellow dog” .
Yelled at a woman in a car, “Go back to where you came from, you dirty cunt, you dirty monkey”.
“You fucking Chinese, you bring the virus over”, slurred to a woman on the train.
Spat on, pushed, punched. These are just a handful of racist incidents from the hundreds reported that have happened in Australia since the outbreak of COVID-19. It is without doubt that hundreds more go unreported.
As an Australian of Chinese background I am aware that Asians, especially women, are often perceived as meek, an easy target because they don’t fight back. This work is in reaction to the current rise of racism and a way to fight back. It is also made in solidarity with all current movements against racism both in Australia and abroad.
Jasmine Poole is a multidisciplinary artist and photographer based in Sydney, Australia. She studied at the St George School of Fine Art and later at COFA University of New South Wales where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photomedia) with Distinction.
Her practice predominantly explores the act of storytelling and the sociology of space and objects. Her works have been selected for inclusion in many prizes including Head On, The Moran, Olive Cotton Award, Sydney Life (Art & About) and Fishers Ghost. In 2018, she was awarded The Head On NSW Photographic Landscape Prize, which can now be viewed at Parliament NSW as part of their permanent collection.
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