Currently, I am a PhD Candidate at the Australia National University developing a digital archive of LGBTIQ oral histories about forced migration. My professional and personal experience led me to this PhD research.  Since 2004 I have been working as a human rights defender at the international and national levels. As a result of visible work, I was forced to leave the country.

The significance of my research project lies in the fact that the phenomenon of LGBTIQ migration or forced displacement has not been sufficiently documented. The archive that I will be developing will be the first prototype of digital LGBTIQ archive where the information will be respectfully represented through a generous interface.

In Australia, I have also been an Intern in the Conservation Department at the Art Gallery of NSW, Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and worked as a research assistant at the Skullbook project at the ANU. I had an honour to work with the Australian Senate to create a 3D model of the Black Rod. 

In addition, in my art practice I am working with both film and photography. Using my cross-cultural experiences, I am taking viewers on a journey exploring memories, ideas, past reflections and future hopes. This has become the base for my social art project “Stories About Hope” that was shown across three states in Australia. 

Together with my partner Tina Dixson, I am also a co-founder of the Queer Sisterhood Project, a peer-run support and advocacy group for queer refugee women. 

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