Capturing humans navigating layers of identities, hopes and dreams
As part of our 2024 Midsumma Festival program, this photographic project explores the layers of identity and intersectionality experienced by LGBTIQ+ Latinx people living in Australia. Photographer Arun Ernesto Munoz skilfully captures these narratives, offering a unique perspective that allows the subjects to present themselves authentically, sharing their lives and new realities as migrants.
Join us for an in-conversation with curator Jose-Octavio Ortiz and photographer Arun Ernesto Munoz on Sunday 28 January at the Pride Centre.
About the photographer
Arun Ernesto Munoz trained in classical ballet, Bharata Natyam and Odissi dance and was a founding member of Bharatam Dance Company. He worked for over two decades as a principal dancer, rehearsal master, vocalist and teacher of classical Indian dance, touring nationally and internationally.
His work crosses various art forms and cultural boundaries, and he has collaborated with a number of established artists, including John Bell and Bell Shakespeare Company, David Fenton, Anna Broinowvski and Marcus Gilesiu. He was awarded an Australian Choreographic Centre Fellowship and was selected as one of seven Australian choreographers to participate in the New Moves International Choreographic Laboratory at the Adelaide Festival and Glasgow New Moves Festival.
He spent the next 12 years in Europe and came back to Australia to study photography, specialising in portraiture and performing arts. He has a Post Graduate in Choreography from the Victorian College of the Arts and continues his creative works in photography, installation and performance
Latin American and Hispanic Rainbow Community is a Victorian-based LGBTI community group run by volunteers working to build connections and provide community services, information and referrals for support. This project was funded by LAHRC members and fundraising efforts.