The 2023 Victorian Salon des Refusés
This portrait was part of my exhibition HUMAN last year.
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Cat#13 Jaq Grantford
Oil on Canvas
90 w x 156 h cm
Born in South Sudan, Jeffah Thabach was separated from his parents at the age of six. Alone at that incredibly vulnerable age, he was forced into a refugee camp in Ethiopia. He spent 22 years in various camps, and despite his incredibly difficult childhood, he worked to gain an education.
Jeffah is now a Project Officer at the Centre for Multicultural Youth in Victoria and a father of six. Much of his work involves working against racial profiling and helping people carve out a new identity and way of life in Australia… as he did when he arrived as a refugee.