“Young men across an array of backgrounds, united and fought against adversity to achieve a similar goal.”
“Following a week of adversity and struggle, those who signed that hat united as one to compete against the other groups.”
“Regardless of who it is, you are capable of working with them. As long as there is a common end goal, unity will be achieved. Even with a group of strangers, those individuals will unite into one family-life group.”
“Diversity and the promotion of it enables weaknesses and strengths to be displayed. As everyone’s qualities are different, they are able to complement one another, and thus enable the objective to be achieved much better.”
Photographer: Edison Vong
This photograph featured in the Youth Booth exhibition showcasing the work of 10 Victorian young people produced over the 2019-2020 Australian summer. Their work captures their collective experience: being digitally savvy, the stress of study, influence of social media, climate change and the impact of poor mental health. These perspectives, along with our video series produced alongside this, allow us to see the complex situations that impact the youth experience of education.
For schools, teachers, parents and policy-makers it highlights the importance of listening and collaboration with young people, particularly when developing policies and implementing practice to build more inclusive communities. For researchers, we hope this exhibition highlights one way to use participatory visual research methods to support and strengthen the voice of youth.
The exhibition adopts a rights-based perspective which emphasises the importance not only of listening to youth, but actively and authentically collaborating on matters that directly affect them.
The study was conducted by researchers Dr Christine Grove and Louisa Trainer in 2019-2020 at Monash University and is funded by the Monash Education Small Grant Award.